War Is Over (If You Want It)

One hundred years ago we were grinding our way between two world wars. The first one, coupled with a global pandemic, created the greatest loss of human life in history to that point. The second one would shatter that record. Two parts of the second one – the concentration camps of Germany and the atomicContinue reading “War Is Over (If You Want It)”

Music 101: Gratitude

One of the most valuable lessons I learned as a musician came from Carlos Santana. He said that when you work on your instrument – learning scales and patterns, working repetitiously until your playing flows naturally – you should not think of it as ‘practice.’ Practice is a chore. Instead, you should think of it,Continue reading “Music 101: Gratitude”

Election Day 2016

  I grew up in a politically split household, but in the opposite way from a lot of others: Dad was a liberal Democrat and Mom was a conservative Republican. My brothers and I all followed Dad’s lead and after many years, Mom joined us too. She was born and raised in Massachusetts at aContinue reading “Election Day 2016”