Recording my Piano Improvisations

They say a good woman is a great thing for a man, and I have to agree on so many levels. Among the many, many other great things my woman has done for me, one is to encourage me to record my piano improvisations. I remember how it started: Back when we were dating, I was sitting the keyboard at her place (now our place), and just making up music. She surprised me by saying, “You should record that!” This inspired me, and eventually that is what I did. Though these recordings are a bit raw in quality, they capture my musical thoughts, and that’s what I wanted to share with you:

1. “Improvising using Radio Head’s ‘Creep’ as a theme”
For this one, I had just returned from a show down the street in Sacramento, and I was very inspired by having talked to the lead singer of the band and just generally feeling inspired. It was probably about midnight by then, and I sat down at the piano, and this is what came out. Actually, I believe I improvised on this theme for several minutes before I thought to record it. Enjoy…

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Rockin’ out on a Sunday Night: Journey Music at Sacramento Tribute Fest

Last night I performed at the “Legendary Rockers Tribute”  Festival in Sacramento.  I have been playing with “Departure,” a Journey Tribute band, since last fall.  I’ve been having a great time with these guys, and it seems every performance is a cool new experience.  This event was a two day-long bonanza of Tribute bands playing back-to-back-to-back.  Included were tributes to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Journey (us), and a whole lot more.  I had never been to this sort of event, and I found it interesting watching the other tribute bands.

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Playing Piano at Grand Opening Event in Elk Grove

Tonight I played at a “Grand Opening” event for Carlton Plaza in Elk Grove, a senior living community that just opened its doors back in December.  Carlton Plaza is a company I’m familiar with, because it has facilities in Sacramento and even in the Bay Area, where I used to live and do shows.  Tonight there were literally HUNDREDS of people at this big celebration.

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Live Performance of “Winter Glass” and “Summer Rain”!

This is a video from a show I did last May for the Music at Noon (“M.A.N.”) concerts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. Special thanks to Brad Slocum for his fine video work for this performance and for being the founder and organizer of this great Sacramento weekly event. More at http://www.westminsac.org/music-noon

Musical Exploration: Why I’m Proud to be Musically Eclectic

I have never been one to sit still when it comes to exploring my musical tastes. As a child, the music that occupied my mind were film music, pop music, broadway music, and even video game music.   That started to evolve in my early teens, when I got into MTV videos and  grunge and rock bands.   By the time I entered high school, I made my first dramatic shift:  I became a devotee to classical music, largely inspired by the piano music of Beethoven.  For about five years, I hardly listened to anything but classical. Then the lid came off of things, and in the middle of college I started listening to pop music again and returning to the music I had been into as a child.  At the end of college I found myself drawn into, of all things, rap.  Needless to say, my musical interests have been eclectic.

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