Snowfall

The day after Thanksgiving I had a little to smoke and sat down at the piano to fiddle about. This song came out. In the instinctive way that mothers look out for their children, it wasn’t long before the mother of us all, nature, provided a nice visual backdrop to the piece. I might developContinue reading “Snowfall”

Meditation Music 2: Water and Trees

  I started picking the first pattern of this piece one night last week as I was watching/not watching TV and let my mind wander a bit with the open strings and ringing intervals. The second pattern grew out of the first and led to a musically meditative piece. Watching the sun on the riverContinue reading “Meditation Music 2: Water and Trees”

Toast and Malagueña

Ernesto Lecuona Malagueña was written in 1928 by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona as the 6th movement of his Suite Andulucia. Although it was written for piano it became a guitar standard after it was arranged for that instrument by Carlos Montoya in 1961. One day I was working on this wonderful melody at the sameContinue reading “Toast and Malagueña”

Living in the Country

  I usually think of Pete Seeger as a banjo player. I learned to play because of him, through no fault of his own, from his book “How To Play The 5-String Banjo.” I highly recommend the book. Just like the author, it’s warm, helpful, funny, and wise.But he wrote this song on guitar andContinue reading “Living in the Country”

Caught Between Two Worlds

My most recent piece of music is an instrumental, so far anyway. While working on “The Parting Glass” with the capo on the 5th fret I started noodling around and stumbled on this little melody that made me think of music from a long time ago. Except for the part with the flanger. It’s calledContinue reading “Caught Between Two Worlds”