February 8, 2016

It’s funny and peculiar that the more stuff and money we get the more we seem to need and want. A few months ago I decided to part with all of my guitar and studio equipment. My plan was to simplify and be content with the few pieces of gear that I kept.

It took a lot of time and work but I ended up selling everything. I even sold my USA Jackson. My wife kept me from selling it for years for sentimental reasons even though I never played it.

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February 1, 2016

When I began writing this song I felt like there was something deeply special about it. I recorded the main idea and thought, man, this is good, I need to save this session.

With the Apple Command-S key combination comes one of the hardest parts of being an artist – what to name a song. It’s extremely hard to come up with a name that captures the core of your instrumental idea so that others can enter into the same emotional and creative space where you created it….

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January 25, 2016

This song is inspired by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai (guitar hero of mine). It’s called Tree of Life. Usually I get a bit bored with writing longer songs but this song was different. Like Johnny Runner, the melody practically wrote itself. When you build you have to start with a good foundation. I think both JR and Tree of Life are like that which made it easier to write something interesting.

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January 18, 2016

Johnny Runner is the first song that I recorded for the new album. I have always had a hard time coming up with melodies that I found to be long lasting and satisfying for instrumental guitar pieces. Not unlike many other instrumental guitarists… I’d craft something that sounded “cool” but often times it would feel forced rather than taking on a natural life of it’s own.

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January 17, 2016

I’m currently recording my first all instrumental album. Dynamic melodic guitar driven rock with lush…

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