Over the the years I’ve written many books on a variety of topics and have been selling music books and music compositions & arrangements through my MusicSavvy.com site. I use other distribution channels but I own exclusive rights to all of my books, ebooks, and audio books, so I call myself a publisher. I’ll soon […]
My previous post on nutrition, sleep, and exercise shared some guidance for optimal health, wellness, and longevity. Read that first if you haven’t yet. While I stand by every word, I recognize that for my audience of musicians who often live on the road and spend odd and long hours in the studio, that ideal […]
Last week, I saw my doctor for my annual physical. No worries, I’m as healthy as can be. But looking around the waiting room, I was saddened by the terrible physical condition of most of the people surrounding me. This particular waiting room on this particular day was now special. Look around your grocery store […]
I played with a rehearsal band last week. Something happened during the obligatory tuning process that gave me a thought about a major aspect of playing well – jazz or otherwise. We went around the band tuning the wind instruments with the the reference note, and something occurred that I often see/hear in this situation. […]
I was recently party to a heated email conversation between two very famous jazz teachers/players who hold polar opposite views on how one becomes proficient in learning to improvise jazz. I want to share with you clues I found in the writing of one of them that uncover a fundamental mistake. It’s an error in […]
I returned home last week from two wonderful relaxing weeks in the Bahamas. I brought back home with me not only a painful bout of COVID that began the day after landing, but more importantly, a collection of photographs, video, and drone footage documenting our once-in-a-lifetime Caribbean experience. I combined these assets into a 2 1/2 […]
After returning from vacation, I wrote an article showing the relationship to the treatment of language in Robert Heinlein’s masterpiece, “Stranger in a Strange Land.” It seemed to have made an impression on readers and attracted a lot of comments.