Monthly Archives: April 2011

When is a good age to start music lessons?

With a student at a recent recital. I’m staying with some friends for a few days who have an adorable one year old. Last night I pulled out my mandolin and as I strummed chords, a smile spread across her … Continue reading

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Your hands are never too small to play “Stairway to Heaven”

I’ve got a few days off between gigs so I’m staying with my friend Kara Barnard, one of the best multi-instrumentalists I know. She could blaze through a hot blues solo and balance her checkbook at the same time. As … Continue reading

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Six Flags Over Cafe Risque

Florida residents must be really confused. Driving from Tampa to Pensacola recently I saw the usual array of billboards advertising Super 8’s and “Home cooking next exit!” but there were also many reminders that God loved me – okay, I … Continue reading

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Winning the lottery, flaming skull tattoos and flying with guitars

My partner flies a lot and tells me that she often sees people boarding planes with guitars in cloth cases. My response is usually, “Yeah, and some people win the lottery, buy a Caribbean island and drink pina coladas while … Continue reading

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