Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Dog's Ten Commandments.

This was emailed to me from my Dad this morning. I get so much of my love of dogs from him and that will go on for the rest of my life. Thanks Dad!

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something is bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say that you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I Get Published!

This was in the Sunday paper this morning. Yes, they edited me....but I still got a little taste of the music critic limelight. The first 3 observations are from Startribune critic Jon Bream and the second 3 are from yours truly.

Pick Six: A half-dozen cool things in music
December 21, 2008

A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:

Kanye West, "Saturday Night Live." No, he's not a great R&B singer, but he is a passionate, nonpareil performer who poured deep-seated emotion into both of his songs.

Axl Rose posts on GNR message boards. He hasn't done any interviews to hype "Chinese Democracy," but the Guns N' Roses frontman posted comments on and other fan sites. A lot of questions remain, but at least fans know that Axl is alive and functioning.

"The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II," edited by Amy Asch. This oversized coffee-table book has all the lyrics for "Oklahoma," "Sound of Music" and his other classics as well as more obscure pieces, including alternative lyrics, never-published tunes and commentaries. A show-music fan's delight.

Black Crowes, First Avenue. Great show with a lively and unruly crowd. Guitarist Luther Dickinson added a spark and worked very well with Rich Robinson. This wasn't as jammed-out as the State Fair show, just a little more focused on songs and not solos. Chris Robinson was in fine voice and good spirits.

Gov't Mule, Pantages Theatre. The band has been re-energized by new bassist Jorgen Carlsson, who brings back a harder edge. Both nights were close to three-hour performances of totally fresh music. No repeats and a true music lovers' treat.

Tom Jones, "24 Hours" video. This is not the Tom Jones that many fans are familiar with. Dark, brooding and with a real sense of mortality, this video is reminiscent of Johnny Cash's "Hurt." Well worth a view.
MIKE YOUNG - Guest Contributor

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mr. Rock Critic

Today in my trusty Yahoo inbox , I found a interesting email. It was from a local music critic that read one of my online reviews of a show I attended and invited me to write a small section in the local ( minnesota star-tribune) paper.

This is something I have always wanted to do. Its a one shot thing, but I will gladly share with all of you if I get "published'!.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Black Crowes Show

Had a great time last night. Complete with the typical First Ave. weirdness. Fights, drunk people, etc...all part of a concert going experience. Does this happen at Celine concerts??? I guess I will never know! :-)

10 December 2008 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN [ USA ]
S E T L I S T »
- encore -


Monday, December 08, 2008

Planes, Awards, and Music.

No its not another horrible remake of a somewhat decent movie. Its a semi creative title for a long overdue blog update.

Lets start with awards, because its the thing I am most proud of. My son this past weekend won a acting award. He had a nice part in a one act play called "middle class" where he was able to show off some of the comedy skills that I have been watching around the house for years. There were 5 other schools involved with event and after all 5 schools finished thier respective plays, awards were handed out to "top performers". Being a ex jock, and having a son that really isnt into sports as much, I found myself cheering for him like he had just hit a homerun in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. Very,Very proud of my young lad. I did notice that he had a smile from ear to ear as he strode quickly up to the stage to accept his award. I gave him a tip that he needs to slow the stride down the next time he gets one. The Academy likes its stars to show some cool :-)

I am going to be boarding a plane in January to visit my Dad. The road in his cancer treatment has taken a different turn and I feel its important that I come back and spend some time with him. He is still in good spirits and we all are still keeping in the positive. The reality is that his tumors have returned and are larger than before the intial treatments. He has now begun new treatments and is responding to those well. Please keep him in your prayers as well as my Mom who is also battling some health issues. Thanks
Even though the above items are much more important in my life, I still have music to help me through the good and bad. This week 12/10, I am heading over to First Ave. ( the place where prince did purple rain) to see a show by the Black Crowes. Should be a great night and a great venue. I am not expecting to have it be a good as the Mule shows from last month, but....that is the great thing. No expectations......usually makes for a good evening!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gov't Mule 11/15/2008 Pantages Theatre

Another memorable night with the Mule. I have to admit, it wasnt as solid as the first night but still a great evening and no real complaints. When you see a band 2 nights in a row and they play for 3 hours each night, there are going to be a couple of moments that dont always give you the goose bump factor. It was only the last 2 songs ( like flies and blind man in the dark) where I was a little disconnected. I like the songs...just nothing really new added to them. The first set just picked up where the previous night left off. Streamline Woman and Lola gave us the taste of Zep that How Many More Years delivered in full. From there on...look at the jukebox of nasty that got played after that. Stevie, Sly,Traffic, Pearl Jam/Soundgarden and ending it off my fave....Al Greens Take Me To The River.

Set 2 closed off with Patterson Hood from another of my faves, The Drive By Truckers sitting in for a great guitar jam with Warren on Neil Youngs "Cortez The Killer". Great way to close the show.

I loved the two nights with the Mule very much. A musical buffet that left me full and wanting more ( man is that corny...)

Dec 10th is the Black Crowes @ First Ave. Looking forward to that, but will need time to recharge!

Click on the link below for pics from last night. From the Road: "11.15.2008 Pantages Theatre Minneapolis, MN

Set 1
Streamline Woman
Lola Leave Your Light On
Bad Little Doggie
How Many More Years Higher Ground Tease Far Away
Temporary Saint
Dance To The Music->
Hunger Strike->
Dear Mr. Fantasy->
Hunger Strike
Take Me To The River with Davy Knowles

Set 2
No Celebration
Trying Not To Fall
Helter Skelter->
Have A Cigar->
Fullt Blas->
Brighter Days
Like Flies
Blind Man In The Dark

Cortez The Killer with Patterson Hood"

Saturday, November 15, 2008

11-14 Pantages Theatre

The first night of two seeing my favorite band Gov't Mule.

This is the 3rd time I have seen them and I have to say it was the best show I have seen. A couple of reasons. (1) This was a "old school" G-Mule rock show. Loud, full of long solos, bluesy and funky. I was in heaven. (2) I was 5 feet away from the band. It is surreal to have Warren Haynes make eye contact with you and smile as you yell at him your pleasure of another monster solo. Truly memorable. Click the link below for some pics of the show. Also check out the setlist. I really wish there was a way I could get all of you a copy of the recorded show! Its off to the show again tonight. I really wonder how they are gonna top this. From the Road:

Set 1
Mr. Man
Brand New Angel
About To Rage
Monkey Hill
Devil Likes It Slow
Painted Silver Light
No Need To Suffer
Kind Of Bird

Set 2
The Shape I'm In
Fool's Moon
Eternity's Breath
St. Stephen Jam->
Peter Gunn Jam->
Goin' Out West

Have You Ever Loved A Woman with Davy Knowles
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia with Davy Knowles"

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Change. At a cost

Let me state one thing. I am not a very political type person. I dont ever remember sitting around the family table as a young man listening to passionate debates about what was going on in Washington. However, I do have a deep respect on our right to choose and the ability to cast your vote on election day.

With the Election coming up on Tuesday, this country has emotions
stirring on both sides. I would like to believe that these emotions are rooted in wanting a better life in the next 4 years. This morning I had that feeling shaken a little.

My wife went out to get our Sunday paper and noticed that our mailbox was bashed in. Also, the sign that showed support for presidential candidate of our households choice was gone. We live in a small town that in general has very low crime rates. But, somehow I knew that when I decided to take a yard sign for Obama , that it had a pretty good chance of being stolen. What bothers me is the message of a damaged mailbox. I know it can be replaced, and nobody was hurt, but it saddens me that people get this angry about the right to choose.

All I can say is, go vote on Tuesday. Its important. Its not about skin color, its not about party loyalty, and its not about the crap you are seeing on commercials. Its about supporting who YOU feel speaks to you. My mind is made up.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween 2008

At top, Steven as Freddy Kruger. Mid, our pumpkins ( the joker , traditional , and of course Stevens favorite Wrestler The Undertaker). And the last pic. My son and some creepy dude from the neighborhood that the kids are not supposed to hang out with

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tom Jones- 24 Hours

The first single from his first US Album ( I still call them albums!) in many years ( I have all the import stuff he did in the years they didn't get released here.)

24 hours is a song that lyrically reminds me a little of his old hit "Green Green Grass Of Home" and a little bit of Johnny Cash's remake of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt". Very stark and effective. Looking forward to this new release.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I am a man of passions. When I get into something, I dont ever just do it halfway....I want the whole enchilada! My latest spicy interest is photography. Its always been a interest of mine, but now that I have a real "big boy" camera I have upped the ante.

I took a class on digital SLR photography and learned that my trusty cheap tripod was a embarrassment to the photography world. With head hung low....I asked what would please the shutter gods....Photo #3 is what I came up with after a long search. A Manfrotto tripod with a joystick ball head. ( easy....all of you beavis and butthead fans!) Its a great versatile tripod that really gives me tons of options to take steady shots from any angle.

Pics 1 & 2 are of my new camera bag/backpack. Its the Tamrac Expedition 5 bag. If you look it up on way too much for what I would want to spend on a bag. But.....I used the patient route. Ebay. I found it for an astounding $80! Its a great bag and it even has straps to hold my tripod if I feel like getting all Ansel Adams and taking a stroll into the woods for some nature stuff! It holds all of the gear I could ever want and is very well constructed. I should have this bag for a long time.

And the final pic. My Guitar. I still am using it, it still is a work in progress. I plan on taking some more classes and making some more progress.

Its really like all hobbies. They exist so you can enjoy something that you know you probably wont make a living at, but still love doing it. I have many of these kind of things.....but at the moment, I am a geeeetar playing shutterbug!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Bday yeee ol Gopman!

Notice I didn't really use the word OLD. Hope you have a great birthday! Wish I was there to help bring it in!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Metallica: Death Magnetic

Picked up the digital download ( it should be!!!) of this new CD today. All I can say is WOW. Yes, its loud, fast and agressive. But isnt that what it should be???? This is by far the best Metallica in about 20 years. It rocks the little FIT CAR HARD!!!!

Here is a great video from the first single off the CD

The Day That Never Comes. ( its long...hang with it.)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My Son Stars in: Mulan

He was a stoic soldier in this version of Mulan. I asked him later why he had a role with very little speaking but lots of scowling. He said " I wanted to look mean" :-) Gotta love it!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Bought this sign at the Minnesota State Fair. Reggie loves it!


Good Show . Kinda weird atmosphere for the lads. They really are not a State Fair kind of a band ( and I say that with the utmost respect!). Lots of drunks there...avoided a fist fight with the dude in front of me that grabbed me by the shirt because I wouldn't do "knuckles" with him. I gave him a shove off me and he fell to the ground. I was the sober I just ignored him after that. :-)

Here is the set list. A couple nods to local boy Robert Zimmerman ( Bob Dylan for those not as goofy as me about music!) Can you pick them out????

- encore -

( they cut Mean Town Blues..because the Fair HAS to shoot off fireworks at 11pm sharp!!!!!! ;-( ) was Girl from the north country ( my fave bob song) and Mighty Quinn the Eskimo. A nice night out in moonlight.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Black Crowes- Govt Mule

Ever heard of these bands around here? Well here is a song they did together. One of my faves...Sometimes Salvation.

Speaking of the Crowes. I am going to see them tomorrow night at the Minnesota State Fair. Opening for them is a band from Akron Ohio called The Black Keys. Great 2 piece blues band. Check em out!!!!

Govt Mule? They are coming to town for 2 nights in November. Yes, I am going to both shows. As my dear wife asks "Why would you want to see the same band 2 nights in a row?" My answer is " Because they dont ever play the same show,its always a different set list and a different way of playing even the most familiar of their songs". Then she nods and walks away :-)

I am excited as always to have my faves back in town. Just what the Dr. Ordered!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Reggie gets spruced up!

I usually groom Reggie myself. He tolerates my crude methods and occasional mistakes. I still get plenty of complements on how groomed he looks. I know he is a good looking dog, and yet I have always wondered what he would look like if done by a professional.

He got the full treatment today. Nails trimmed, hair combed, triple washed, and smart lookin bandana. I think he looks great! Here is a pic to share!

A sign with history.

If you look at this sign, it seems pretty unremarkable. Its just a piece of wood that has my last name on it. But it has much more of a history behind it.

This sign is 35 years old. It was purchased by my Dad and Mom at the Fresno County Fair and it hung outside my house on Redlands ( yep, that is what the redlands means in the title of my blog). Its one of my prized possessions. I stained it and cleaned it up last weekend and hung it on my shed in the backyard. I look at it from time to time and remember back. Funny how a unremarkable piece of wood can do that.

It has indeed made its Redlands to Maplewood journey...Like yours truly.

A guy and his grill

I had to replace my 3 year old "grill from hell'. It was catching on fire and throwing flames out from the sides. I figured I would practice good safety and buy a webber! Ahhh, yes....look at the satisfied caveman as he smiles next to his new grilling machine!!!! UGGGGGGGG Fire goood!!!!!!! :-)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

RIP Mr. Hayes.

Most of the youngsters knew him as Chef on Southpark. I knew him as the dude that did the soundtrack from Shaft. It was the first funky stuff I got into as a 8 year old. First Bernie Mac and now Isaac. A sad weekend.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Another nice shot.

I took this picture from a boat that was bobbing around in the waves. I love image stabilization! Please click the photo to enlarge. Not too shabby of a bird pic!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Along came a spider ( New Trailer)

The Cd Comes out Tuesday ( one day after my B-day-shameless plug!) and I am excited for it. Yes. It will be a gift given to myself. My wife digs Abba...not Alice.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Back From Vacation.

We took a nice trip up north. Check out the nice sights. A interesting sign...a actual phone booth ( yeah we were about 5 miles from the US-Canadian border) and a great shot of a off the beaten track river fall. More shots to come.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Along Came A Spider - Another Tease

Love these trailers, dont you. ( hears crickets.) hahahaa

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Old Love- Eric Clapton

What can I say. Love the lyric and love the solo at the 3:30 mark. Mr. Clapton hits all the right notes for me on this song.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Olympus E-510

A couple of weeks ago, I received a little money as a gift and was told to buy something nice. Since the money came from my Father, I thought I would get something that would be around for a long time. As a guy that loves to take a picture and spent some of his youth watching his Dad take pictures and develop them in a darkroom. ( yes, kiddies this was before digital). I knew a camera was the choice to make, not just any camera though..but a Digital SLR.

This camera does it all, it has the one thing in it that I HAD to have. A image stabilizer. The camera that I used for the last 3 years was and still is a good camera. It just was very prone to creating blurred and shaky photos. It drove me nuts! This camera is 10 mega pixels. my previous camera had 4. The clarity is dramatically better. Also, the ability to change lenses is something I have always wanted in a camera. This camera came with a 14-42 mm lens and a 40-150mm lens. Very versatile!

I also received 4 classes at the camera shop ( I bought from a dedicated camera shop and not one of those super mart type places) and know I will learn some new skills from them.

So its a new era of creativity for me. It makes it more cool knowing that a little bit of my dad is in the mix with this piece of equipment.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Photoshop Elements

Through the good fortune of a bunch of rebates and a software credit from the big guy named Bill G. I was able to purchase the big Kahuna of photo editing software. Adobe Photoshop Elements. Yeah, I know there is a professional version...but I aint a pro....or can afford $400 on a program!

There is so much to play with in this program, the challenge is to do something tastefull and not go overboard and make your viewers head hurt from overload!

Here is a little edit of a photo I took last year. Kind of cool, I am sure I will get better as time goes on.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Fireworks Pics

Check out the cool pictures I took of our local fireworks display. I bought a new camera....much better than the one I had before. More on that later.

Along Came A Spider

New trailer for Alice Coopers new CD. Good and creepy...just like I like him. Weird for a guy like me that wont go to a scary movie. Have always loved Alice.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy 4th !

Nice little video from a sorta "patriotic" song from Alice Cooper.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Thank You

I just got off the phone with my Dad. He braced me by saying "Mike, I have news that will have you walking on water". He then told me that his petscan ( a test that shows cancer growth) has come up clear and his tumors have shunk by 50%!. He is truly humbled by the support and prayers. I share in that feeling.

Thank You!


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Macro Photography

I took this shot today at my Father-In -Laws house. Looks nice huh!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

One more for the road

My Dad has boarded the plane and has headed for home. I grabbed one more pic to capture the moment. We had a memorable 2 weeks. Love Ya Dad.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Old Man Still Has The Magic

Dad doing what he does the best, catching the lunkers! He had a great day with my Brother at Lake Minnetonka. ( I had to work!) Way to go "old man on the sea!"

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Special Fathers Day

Because of the distance between us, its been many years since I have spent a Fathers Day with my Dad. That in itself would make this day special. This year, just having him here makes this day even more special.

3 months ago, my Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. They gave him 3-6 months to live. He began Chemo treatments and we all held our breath and prayed. The treatments are doing its job and he was able to make it out here. He really is a miracle. He looks great and is still the upbeat and fun guy that I have always loved.

I once again feel blessed to be able to share this day. If you look into the eyes and smiles of the others ( my brother Dave and his sons and my son) you can tell they feel the same way.

Please continue your prayers for him. I appreciate each and every one.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reggie In The Sun

I thought I would share with you out there in Blogland...that it aint all hail and snow around here. Yes we get some sun on are a couple of shots of "Reggie Roo" enjoying the fireball in the sky...and also looking fierce peeking through our deck .

Saturday, June 07, 2008

I do a request!

As promised. Here is a song for one of my longest lasting blog buddies. Heck she has been a friend even before the good old internet! She even took the time to watch a younger and much more agile and now blog writer, frolic in the outfield during his baseball playing days!

Anyway, Maggie loved the late ( and she would say great) Dan Fogelberg. Personally,I thought he could be a dour fella and his songs a bit on the slow side. But, I have found a gem that shows his fantasy island suit wearing, playfull side busting out for the world to see!

Get ready to be rocked by Danny F!!!!!

And Enjoy it Maggie!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

What The Hail!!!!!!

not my hands or anyone I know....but its in our area...
Its June ( almost!). Today we received hail the size of small planets. Once warming? Me thinks its a scam! :-)

In other weather related news. We just had our roof replaced about a week ago. The insurance company deemed it wind damage. With the insurance coverage and Uncle George Bush's mad $$$$... we were able to get it for "free". It was great timing. The estimate was 8k to replace it. Always nice to avoid a cost like that in these times of $4 gas etc.

Sorry for the spotty writing around here at "From Redlands To Maplewood". I havent forgot about you out there. Just havent taken the time to tickle to plastic things on the keyboard to fill you folks in on it.

( Hey Maggie....Working on that Dan Fogelberg song for ya!)

Till again

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring? Where are you?

Its official. I cannot stand Minnesota winters anymore! Its almost May and look what greeted us this morning, MORE SNOW! I will count my blessings, people south of us got over a half foot of it. Global Warming? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

4/20 Santana/ Derek Trucks Band

I bought tickets for this show about 4 months before the show. I have to admit, I wasn't very fired up to see it. Its been a rough road lately with a loved one battling a illness and my mind has been elsewhere. As the days rolled toward this show, I began to listen again to Santana.

I have always loved his first 3 albums. Very gritty and yet beautiful, ethnic and yet accessible. Even as a young man, I loved the sound of Carlos Santana's guitar. I can only describe it as a cry like tone. I can usually pick out a Carlos tone in about 2 notes, very distinctive. It very releasing to me, and I have turned to those albums several times for several reasons.

So, it was with a bit of irony that I would be going to a Santana show ( I saw them in 1982 as my 2nd ever concert) when I was feeling kinda down and needed some "healing". I was hoping to hear more of the early gritty stuff, and less of the radio friendly stuff that he has been putting out the last decade or so. Some of it is good, but much of it doesn't come close to the early raw stuff.

The show began with a mix of both. I was enjoying the show but it wasn't really hitting me. Then Carlos stopped the show, and spoke to the crowd. He spoke about how we all are a light, and even though we all have varying degrees of pain, happiness, success and failure, we all can shine our light. Now some yo-yo's thought that meant to light lighters up....and others took it as a much deeper spiritual comment. To each its own, I think you know how I took it. :-)

Then, as if on cue. Carlos ripped into 4 songs that were some of my favorite Santana release songs.

2. No one to depend on
3. Incident at Neshabur
4.Everybodys Everything.

It was great. I loved it and felt released. As you know, I connect with music on that level. I am so glad to have it in my life.

The show as a whole, was solid. It was a night I wont forget, not just for the music but for the emotions.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Cathedral Of St.Paul

Today, I took a tour ( along with my Family and my Mom) of the Cathedral Of St. Paul. Built in 1904, it is a stunning sight. The intricate craftsmanship of the marble and sculpture really makes you appreciate how much work was put into this grand place of worship.

The tour guides throughout the Cathedral told stores of the history of the church and of a era long before todays modern style churches. I love history, and this place did not lack it in the least.

What I took away from this visit was how many different cultures contributed to the building of this dramatic structure. Financially and Physically. It was built by the people of Minnesota and by all walks of life.

Just like your typical parish, rich,poor, privileged, and down on luck. This was a place for sanctuary.

I found peace in it today. I feel blessed.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Even though I have been assured of forgiveness from the 2 people that I meant to hurt the least. Jeff and Lori. I want to apologize for my insensitivity. The comment about "hallmark and gooey" was written out of frustration at MY OWN INABILITY to write with the depth that I once did.

If you look back at my blog. At one time I wrote about things besides music. I still do, as recent as 3 weeks ago. I know I have gone through another long winter where as it marches on and on I get more depressed. It makes me start feeling less and less. The only thing that gets me feeling is music. So I write about it.

I know I have been forgiven by the ones that matter. I will now forgive myself.

Sorry once again. From a former goomaster.

Happy Easter

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A nightly ritual

Every night around 9pm. My son makes popcorn for himself, our dog always sits right by him waiting patiently for a stray kernel to drop. It never happens. But he keeps waiting! Now how gooey is that !

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Digital Music Stresserella

Yeah, gas prices are going through the roof. People are losing jobs, the war keeps going on and on, and Mike just keeps plugging along with trusty posts about Music. Yes, I can converse about these topics and many other "heavy" issues without embarrassing myself, but this blog is about fun and Me! I refuse to write stuff that is gooey artificial greeting card material, and also skin crawling personal stuff. It runs rampant on blogs and gets boring to me quick.
UPDATE: Uncle Mike was a little crabby. I love you people that write unlike me. No harm no foul.....I hope ;-)

So, sit back and enjoy more music blather!

After years of collecting music on Cd's, the writing is on the wall. The shiny disc is dying a slow painful death and being replaced by digital downloads. Virtually every age group owns a device that plays MP3's and knows how to use em! With a collection that borders on the obscene, I have struggled with the idea of migrating my collection to a device ( I would need at least the 160GB, 40,000 song ipod pictured above) that would eliminate the need to lug the dozen or so Cd's that I bring to work each day. I do own a small player that I use for working out, but the idea of loading so much stuff on a hardive that could fail..sort of freaks me out. But also intrigues me. I love technology, but I also like the feeling of having something tangible in my hands like a disc. Looking at the artwork...lyrics...etc.... I know its old school, but its one of the things that I enjoy with my music experience.

So, my question to all. What do you most commonly use to listen to your music. Cd's? MP3/Ipod? Etc.... I am curious about your thoughts!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Last Lesson: Back to my own learning

No. This isnt my guitar teacher, but they go to the same barber. :-)

The last night of class was much like last week. Mike leads the band. This week I instructed the class on how to do alternative bass picking ( no that isnt illegal in Minnesota) . The teacher asked me to play some of the stuff that I have been practicing...and I just was fooling around with fingerpicking and stumbled onto different ways of fooling around with the bass strings. Nothing too profound, but enough for him to turn the class over to me. ( EGO inflation pt 78)

I think for now I will keep the "mike teaches guitar his way" dvd off the market for a while. I will keep instructing myself until I feel I have hit a wall and then find a real teacher at that time.

Still enjoyed the class, just reaffirmed that I am on the right path with my learning.

Rock on Dudes! :-)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


This is not my picture. But this morning, as I drove through the park reserve I travel every day, I saw 15 deer! They were all in single file walking through brush and heading for a frozen river down the hill. I pulled my car off to the side of the road and watched them. They were totally unaware of me. It was a great way to start the day. Natural beauty.

Nothing against hunters...but I could never shoot a deer. Mr. softy! :-)

Friday, February 29, 2008

new lists

2. soul music
3. rock
4. deep tracks

45 songs on each list. if you click on pop out can use it as background music as you browse other sites!

Music to your ears.

By now you are hearing some music playing through your speakers. I have 2 playlists. The one you are listening to now is a vocalist playlist. If you wanna rock, click the green button on the far right of the player ( to your right!). If you dont want to hear my handpicked tunes....hit the mute button on the bottom of the player or turn down the sound on your PC.

Hope you like....I have always wanted a way to get my music taste on here somehow. It will be a elvolving process! Like a online mixtape! ( See high fidelity pic above if you dont know what a mixtape is)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Guitar Class: Mike leads the class

I joined the advanced guitar class. This is a continuation of the 2 intro classes I wrote about previously. The class is down to 6. 6 dropped out from the into phase. We are supposed to progress from twinkle twinkle to more challenging songs and concepts.
Once again, it was sort of a train wreck. In fact, I ended up teaching the class to read tab ( see below for a example) style music notation. I have learned to play this way. The bottom staff represents the six strings on the guitar. High E to Low E. The #'s represent what fret to place your finger on. Its a common way to read music for most young learners. The teacher saw me practicing a song before class and asked what it was I was doing. I showed him. I then showed the class, for 30 minutes. :-) Add community ed teacher to my resume!

We were handed 2 songs to work on. Both are songs about addictions.

1. The wacky drug fueled tune " PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON" ( insert "dude" here)

2. The sage advice song about gambling "THE GAMBLER" pre Kenny "gets a facelift" Rogers.

One more class to go. I will probably find a better teacher to seek out. Still enjoy being around other learners. Oh, by the way...the teacher upgraded his attire with a snappy purple velvet sports coat. Same sweats....sandals.... A stunner!

PS- the pic of the guy on top. That is Carlos Santana. One of my faves. I am going to see him in concert in late April. 3rd row! Last time I saw him was waaaaaay back in 1981. One of my first concerts, probably the loudest show I have ever been to. And the first show where I was offered pot, and of course refused. ( kiddies.....uncle Mike has always been drug free!)