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PROMOTE AMERICAN FUTURE WITH AN AXE

Without getting into the details, I’ve somehow collected about fifteen axes. I’ve become an axe repository. Along with axes for wood, I’ve found six guitars around the house. I claim one. ‘Why the axes,’ I wonder when I add them all up. Then it came to me. America was built with an axe of one […]

MUSIC, BEER, HELP BRAIN FUNCTION? SCIENCE SAYS YES

If math is the universal language, then music rules the galaxy. Play music and things happen upstairs. What better place to check it out than a visit to Be Brain Fit. They show a lot of mental positives with music. “Like what?” you ask.

PLAYLIST SONG BREAKDOWN: DISCUSS

70’s kids heard classic rock when it was new. And we’ve heard it ever since, song after song after song. Like many 70’s kids I took a guitar lesson and forgot about it. My big song was Down In The Valley. I learned it in Jansen Music in Pony Village, North Bend Oregon. When I […]

MUSIC PLAYS YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU PLAY MUSIC

Music asks this question: Can you count to four? One. Two. Three. Four. Like that. Over and over the count goes on like a mantra. One Two Three Four Is there anything more?

PORTLAND JAZZ FAN? WHO KNEW

Last night I saw Mel Brown at The Vault and it was stellar. Portland jazz has a new fan. Make that three new fans. Jazz is easy, right? No it’s not. It’s key changes, tempo, and timing. And practice. Mel Brown has been a Portland jazz anchor; his group has a regular gig at the […]

GAGA EFFECT: REDEMPTION, ACCEPTANCE

Gaga Effect? I remember friends from junior high who seemed on a different path than the rest of us. They showed up for a year or two, made best friends with everyone, and held hands with a boy who looked perfect with them. Then they left. Something happened and they packed up and headed out […]

SHAKEY GRAVES INSIDER FUN

    The last time I saw a touring musician’s guitar go wrong it was The Police and Sting broke a base string and replaced it without missing a beat in the song they played. Afterward he joked that a real band would have stopped and corrected the problem before restarting. In the history of […]

Batman Rescue, Or What To Do With A Bat In The House

    Picture yourself and your date out on a most enjoyable night with an invitation to a home cooked dinner.   The home in this case was a wonderful castle abode with a hillside view and an acre of manicured garden in the down sloping backyard.   It had a feeling of Xanadu from […]

Dylan Song For 2018 Mid-Term Elections

Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside And it is ragin’. It’ll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin’.  

Willie Nelson Brings More To Portland Than His Band

The old guitar picker takes the stage tonight at McMenamins Edgefield. Willie Nelson, all eighty five years of himself, takes the stage after opener Allison Krause.   More important, he’s on the cover of AARP magazine. Why is that important? How many public figures don’t want to talk about age? In a youth motivated culture, […]