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From Blizzards To Spring - March 8, 2010

It's been a wild couple of weeks. It went from blizzards to spring practically overnight. I recorded again in New York last week and got a version of my new song in German that I think is pretty cool. Not everybody's gonna like it but I think it's a good experiment for me. Got a new computer, recording software so I'm good to go. Heading back to Germany on Sunday.

Snow - February 26, 2010

I'm watching from the window yet another snowstorm pummel the state of New Jersey. Luckily I scored a new computer, recording software and enough food and water to keep me alive for a few days. It looks beautiful but I sure hope that power stays on.

Blizzard - February 10, 2010

I'm in the middle of a blizzard near Philadelphia. A meter of snow has fallen and it's not over yet. I'll be fine as long as the power doesn't go out. I did manage to dig myself out of the driveway a few days ago and took the train in to New York City.
There I was met by old friend Mike Rains in his basement studio at 66 Rivington. He recorded me for a several hours. We got 10 songs down nice and I beat it back to Philly to get ahead of the next blizzard. The one I'm sitting in. The one I'm stranded in until someone plows the driveway.

Mr. Steve - January 27, 2010

I traded in the European winter for the American winter for the next few weeks. I'm presently visiting Steve Kimock up in my old Pennsylvania stomping grounds.
I always love visiting Steve. We known each other a long time so we're kinda like brothers. His wife Jen cooks so good that it's hard to get rid of me. We played and recorded a lot of music last night. We're gonna get back at it now.

2010 auf Deutsch - January 3, 2010

I started out the year by asking my associate Neptun to help me write a song with German lyrics. We set ourselves to work and to the best of our abilities had a song written in the next few hours. I should say the text because I had written the music previously. Then Neptun proceeded to coach me vigorously on the correct German pronunciation while I sang my poor heart out. By midnight we had a good live demo recorded. The amazing thing is, it sounds pretty good. I like it.

Deutschland - December 1, 2009

I managed to get out of Amsterdam in one piece. Not every American can say that. It was a great stay but I'm glad to be back in Germany. I have what I think is the raw material for a good new album. Now I start banging it into shape.

Volunteers of America - November 27, 2009

That was one colorful cast of characters backstage at the Melkweg last night. Here I was listening to stories by Paul Kantner, Gary Duncan and David Freiberg, all in a good mood. They sounded great and invited me up for the encore. I got to sing "Volunteers of America". That was a big song from my teenage years so I was pretty blown away.

San Francisco comes to Amsterdam - November 24, 2009

My gig at the Cafe Belgique' was fun. It's a great but tiny place to play original music in the heart of Amsterdam. The Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service are coming to town. I know a bunch of these guys from working with them in the 80's so it's gonna be good fun seeing them again. I'll check back with more about these two classic San Francisco Bay Area bands.

De Plug - November 21, 2009

I just rented an acoustic guitar for tomorrows gig at a very cool music store here in Amsterdam. He's got all the crazy European electric guitars from the 60s and 70s. A slide guitarists dream.
http://www.deplug.nl/

Dirty Old Town - November 3, 2009

It's the singer, not the song.
Long live Shane MacGowan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVUZuVZWHkk

Cafe' Belgique - October 21, 2009

I found one of those cool Amsterdam rooms I was mentioning. This one has the music permit and would like me to play a show in November. I don't think I've ever played a pub quite so tiny before. It is really cool though. Check it out. They have a 36 0 degree viewer at this link.

http://www.cafe-belgique.nl/html/About%20Belgique.html

some good playing - October 15, 2009

We got some good playing and recording done yesterday. These two young guys really listen and play very well. Check them out on their websites. I'll be getting back together with them soon and we'll go book a gig or two.

http://www.myspace.com/rasmusnissen
http://www.myspace.com/martinhiltawski

Gig stuff - October 13, 2009

There are so many fantastic rooms for a solo artist to play here in Amsterdam. Beautiful old wooden floors, high ceilings, steeped in atmosphere. There's only one problem. You need as "live music" license. It's heartbreaking. I guess they're pretty hard to get. Nothing's easy to get in Europe. I did come across this one cool cafe that had jazz on a Sunday afternoon and the two young guys on guitar and stand up bass were really playing good. We struck up a conversation and I'll be meeting
them tomorrow afternoon for a jam session. Maybe I can play a few of my new tunes with them at the cafe this Sunday. I would like that.

Autumn arrives - October 1, 2009

It was a beautiful day today here in Amsterdam. The city really knocks me out and the weather is holding out. You won't find a better place for reading and writing. I feel good about the songs I've finished since i've been here. Last count is six.

Amsterdam - September 24, 2009

Praise the Lord I found a darn good Indonesian take out restaurant hidden right near my house that serves food so hot it will blow your brains out and at a price that even a folk musician could handle. The things that make me happy. I've been housesitting a beautiful place on the Keizersgracht in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. It's right around the corner from the Anne Frank House, the little girl whose love set the world on fire and humbles millions annually.
The town is so rare in so many ways that i couldn't resist taking the opportunity to stay for a while. As everyone knows, a guy could get in a lot of trouble here so I'm writing songs for a new release and enjoying the last of the autumn weather on an old Dutch bicycle. Like that's gonna work.

Chillin' in the Black Forest - September 3, 2009

I'm sitting in the kitchen of my brother Jon's apartment in Amsterdam with my old friend Steve Kimock talking about our recent Germany tour. We played the six shows in the Black Forest and Bavaria and each one of them was honestly special. The fact that i forgot to arrange for hot water or internet in the traditional Black Forest hut we were staying in was also special but that's another story.
The band will never forget their trip, I guarantee that. However, we all had such a great time and the shows were all excellent situations thanks to Hajo and Moni Lorenz and Hans and Ruth Sichart, not to mention many others. Thank you all so much.

east coast in august - August 5, 2009

August in Philly. Just like i remember it. haha. You could say it's pretty warm out there. The work continues. I hear the boys downstairs writing a new song. I'll be flying back to Germany in a week or so. We've been back up at Steve Kimock's house recording again. Like I said, work continues but it's a mighty hot !

Mr. Steve - July 20, 2009

The Twins and I spent many hours jamming and recording with Steve Kimock last night and today. They just went back to Philly on the bus with a CD full of Steve Kimock playing their songs with them. Needless to say, it sounds pretty cool. Steve likes them a lot and recognizes their talent. We'll take a break tonight and then Steve and I will start rehearsing for the German tour tomorrow morning along with Steve's son John on drums and Trevor Exter on bass.

Big Dave - July 18, 2009

Dave Uosikkinen stayed with us last week to do some playing with the twins. Dave is the drummer for the Hooters and has years of hard earned experience. He played in front of 130,000 people last week in Mannheim, Germany but still managed to give the boys 100 percent of his attention. It was a real eye opener for me to see and hear them play with a stadium rock drummer. I do believe these boys got it in them.
We're all going up to Steve Kimock's tomorrow. That ought to be good. Thanks Dave !

Songs - July 1, 2009

I guess you can't have too many good songs but today we had to spend a couple of bucks and purchase the new zoom H4n digital recorder so we don't lose track. It's a really cool machine and worth checking out if you're writing songs and trying to get them recorded fast. The boys starting playing out in Philadelphia last night with a cool young drummer. I'll get back to that later with more details.
My buddy Peter Fritz came down from Bethlehem with his upright bass and we started rehearsing for some duo shows in the area. It's hot,it's muggy, it's New Jersey but the pool and the grill in the back yard are mighty.

Philly - June 23, 2009

Back in Philadelphia. I just picked up the Twins at the Newark airport and we immediately went to Vito's for the cheesesteak and the perfect slice of pizza. First things first.

Amsterdam - June 9, 2009

I flew over to Holland last week to bring several movie cameras over to my brother Jon who is here writing a screenplay. This is one crazy place and if the sun comes out it's really going to get crazy.

Memorial Day At Kimocks - May 25, 2009

Memorial Day barbecue at the Kimocks and that's good news because Frau Kimock always throws down a big spread. We'll have a rehearsal for the Germany tour later on tonight. The Twins went home to visit for a few weeks. Their demo sounds great and we're going to start on the next one as soon as they hit American soil.

Philadelphia - May 12, 2009

We blew out of Miami a few weeks ago and are currently in Philadelphia. The Twins and I immediately went in to a recording studio upon arriving. We were very lucky to have Fran Smith of the Hooters and Steve Butler from Smash Palace record us and help us with the production of 4 original songs.
The mixing was completed yesterday and I should have the CD in my hands in a few days. What management does with this demo is not certain yet. It will either end up in the hands of a producer or record label. I'm glad that's not my part of the job. Recording was a blast. The boys are on fire and I played the drums !

Kimock Show - Fort Lauderdale - April 26, 2009

What a great time we had last night.....Steve and I opened the night with a duo set and then the full band came out to play "Barbed Wire" and "Johnny Anonymous" with us. Steve's new lineup is really tight and played beautifully. I jumped onstage later in the night to play slide on "One for Brother Mike" and "Slow Down". It was just a great night all around.
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