- I'm loving all aspects of teaching music to several wonderful students. Annelies' preschool is thriving.
I'm dismayed over the emergence of the "Tea Baggers" and the bigotry They represent. I wish against realities, that indicate an assault on Truth.
I moved here to Las Vegas in 1998, with the love of my life, Annelies. We came here from Estes Park (20 years), Holland (5 years) and New York (four years).
I have been a musician, music therapist and composer most of my life. I worked for a small radio network of seven stations. Laid off in March '09..they closed LV office. Did "traffic" and comm. production/wrote copy and music for commercials, ids and programs.
I write music on a daily basis, using my MIDI setup in my little home studio, and spend time in larger recording facilities with a full band, recording my songs. My current band is called "The Legendary Elderly Brothers," a.k.a."the LEEBEES" Both Annelies, my wife and I are "homebodies." My party days are long over. Time is, in the end, all we have, and I try to use it to create and, hopefully, bring joy and kindness to others through music. My "tunes" (songs with lyrics) are based mostly on observing folks and learning their stories through their deeds, actions and words. So, my "tunes" are stories.
My instrumental music also tells stories, but of a personal nature, using rhythmn and harmonies to relate my life. I have recorded dozens of "45s," LPs and CDs over the years. As my dear friend and great musician Chuck Lamb once told me: "If I'm lucky, the next one might go aluminum." My material has been covered by recording artists in Europe and the States, but no hits yet. Doesn't really matter, because it's what I have done most of my life and I HAVE to do it.
Music has offered me the chance to travel the world, and, in some instances, to perform before large audiences in concert, which is a real kick. However, some of my warmest musical experiences and pure magic have happened in small venues.
One experience, in particular, has tremendous significance for me, because I am a great lover of animals. I was playing a gig with the legendary guitarist Jerry Hahn (he wrote the Mel Bay books and has played with everybody from Paul Simon to Gary Burton). We were playing at Nicky's, a nice restaurant/bar in Estes Park, CO and Nicky always let us play whatever we wanted. In the middle of our "stage," was a large tree that ran through the building and through the ceiling. I'm talkin' 'bout a REAL BIG tree. Anyway, we started playing a rather avant-guard version of an Ornette Colman Avante-guarde tune, when a racoon crawled down the tree and watched (and listened) intently to our tune, which lasted about 10 to 15 minutes. There must have been about a dozen patrons there at the time (not including the racoon). Within ten seconds of completing the song, he (she?) calmly turned and climbed back up the tree and out of sight. To this day, I have never played for a more attentive "audience" and gotten so much joy out of music. Jerry and I laughed and smiled for hours. Guess that's what it's about....making connections during the short time we have on this tiny planet with all its great problems. "Life's too short for fussin' an' fightin' my friends.."
- "IF YOU DROP A SLICE OF BUTTERED TOAST, THE CHANCES OF IT LANDING BUTTER-SIDE DOWN, IS RELATIVE TO THE COST OF THE CARPET." MURPHY
"LOVE THY NEIGHBOR." JESUS
"BLESSED BE THE MEEK....."
"And, SO IT GOES...." K. VONNEGUT
"MUSIC IS MY MISTRESS" DUKE ELLINGTON
"THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN MUSIC---ONLY OPPORTUNITIES."
"ALL WE ARE SAYING, IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE."
"CAN YOU PLAY 'TAKE A TRAIN?'"...Aunt Bb & Lawrence Welk
"THERE ARE ONLY THREE CHORDS, AN' MOST SONGS HAVE ONLY ONE." HUGH RAGIN, MONSTER TRUMPET PLAYER
"SO GUYS, WHAT'S THE FLOORMAT?" VIOLINIST DALE MORRIS
"DO THE RIGHT THING." MY MOM
"FUZZY WUZZY WAS A BEAR. FUZZY WUZZY, HAD NO HAIR. FUZZY WUZZY WASN'T VERY FUZZY, WAS HE?" children's poem
"THE BEST THING ABOUT KANSAS, IS THAT IT'S NEXT TO COLORADO." MY DAD
"There are many rooms in My Fathers House." Jesus
"My Froggy, he am a queer bird...him ain't got no tail almost hardly." children's verse