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Transportable Power of Music

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Music has a power that continues to amaze me, day after day. This power is certainly not unique to music, but for me music is the context in which it has the most impact. It’s the power to immediately transport you to another time or place. This morning I sat down at my desk, slipped in the earbuds,…

Why I Purged 1,400 Facebook Friends in 48 Hours

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A lot of people talk about doing the Facebook purge, i.e. unfriending a bunch of people on Facebook at once. It usually happens around a controversial national issue that is divided along ideological lines, especially during an election year. “Friends” who post strong opinions from the other side of the issue get the axe. I…

What I Learned from Lavacave

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Admittedly, “acoustic gypsy pop/woodland punk” has not been the primary kind of music getting spins in my iTunes library lately, but I had the chance to mix Lavacave for a recent Saturday night show at DipCo in Lancaster. Lavacave are the masters of “acoustic gypsy pop/woodland punk” with Robin Chambers on vocals, violin, and mandolin, Nick…

RiverSound Project | March 6, 2015

In January, photographer Matt Lester asked me if I’d be interested in creating music for a series of photographs he shot back in December on a trip through New Orleans. I saw one of the prints and immediately said yes…and immediately started hearing sounds in my mind that represented that image. The photographs are a series of industrial landscapes…

My Own Private Lancasphere Story (Part II)

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The Idea I’ve been a musician for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been playing in bands, producing audio recordings, and promoting shows since high school (way back in the 1980s). By the time I turned 40 in 2011 I was involved with a wide variety of performing arts-based projects here in Lancaster. But after…

My Own Private Lancasphere Story (Part I)

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Twenty-five years ago I had a life changing experience. During the summer of 1990 I was living in Pittsburgh between my freshmen and sophomore college years. One night I stumbled upon Echoes, the late night “new age” radio program that continues to play on a number of public radio stations across the country. Having grown up in…