Half a League From Stardom

Half a League From Stardom

(February 4, 2016) I've been told by more than a few people to check out the 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Winner of an Academy Award, the film is about a few...

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The Sound

(January 28, 2016) What is the "Southern California Sound"? I heard the term recently mentioned in regards to a band playing The Depot on Friday (The Donkeys) and although I immediately had an...

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Keepin' It Real

(January 21, 2016) What separates good art from bad art? What is an underlying characteristic of art that lasts through the ages? What is it that makes a painting worthy to hang indefinitely...

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Getting Out

(January 14, 2016) As many of you parents know, finding the time to make it out to live music shows can be just as difficult as staying awake/sober until the 9 p.m. start...

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Getting Better

(January 7, 2016) Congratulations, you've survived the "holiday season." My apologies to those that didn't survive. For the rest of us, our extended families have left town, our Christmas trees are dying...

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Another trip (and back again) around the sun

(December 31, 2015) The holiday season has come to a close; another year behind us, and more importantly, another year in front of us. Another successful circumnavigation around that glowing nuclear orb we...

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Connect More

Chit chat less

(December 24, 2015) Allow me to take a quick moment here to thank Monica Topping for writing the Setlist these past two weeks while I was out of town. I am rarely...

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Scores to Settle

(December 17, 2015) It's not every week that a musician whose work has been featured on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and CSI plays live in Arcata. Keyboardist and bass player George Sarah has...

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Shows to motivate you through the holiday madness

(December 10, 2015) There's something about those couple of weeks leading up the end of the year, when it seems like half the people you pass on the sidewalk are stressed —...

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The Sonic Time Machine

(December 3, 2015) A few days after Thanksgiving, I was with a friend and fellow musician listening to some music that stopped me in my tracks. It wasn't new to me, but...

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Time to Give Thanks

(November 26, 2015) The idea of being grateful for all that we have daily is a nice one. Perhaps a naive one as well. Granted, it only takes a few seconds to reflect...

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