January 2018: honeymoon in Lisbon & Madeira, student of the year, gym membership!
Below are excerpts from a newsletter sent in January.
You can view previous newsletters here.
To the tune of "It Was a Very Good Year":Two thousand seventeenIt was a very good year...It was a very good yearFor me in my bubble in Washougal.I married Kelli Rule,Opened my music school,I went to Portugal.This year's been pretty cool. :D[see video of me playing and singing it here]Things are well. I spent 8 days in Portugal with Kelli for our honeymoon: 3 days in Lisbon, and 4 on the island of Madeira. It was fantastic! You can view photos on Facebook here. The Washougal School of Music has been growing steadily; I have several new students and have been teaching more than ever before. Thank you Washougal! I awarded a Student of the Year 2017 to a hard-working youngster, along with a scholarship. :) Last year my involvement with 4 bands ended...I'm paring down a bit. Still, somehow I'm gigging every weekend night in February! 4 bands left.And in another major lifestyle change, last month I joined a gym and have been working out 3 times a week! I enjoy it and feel fit.
Summer Summary: Marriage, School, and Recordings Published
Washougal School of Music launched
website updates; new projects
I've been taking advantage of time spent indoors during all the snow and ice storms, to work on some long-neglected areas of this website! There is still more to do -- there always will be! -- but so far I've worked on:
I've rediscovered the joy of web design and coding. I'm often reluctant to devote a chunk of time to learning a new web design skill, but I do want to up my game, and maybe get some new clients.
I welcome any suggestions or tips!
In the last 6 months, I've started playing with 2 different bands:
See my music page for details and links.
major life changes!
We bought a house in Washougal!
Folks, I have terrible news about my website. There was a major server crash, and the entire database was lost -- including my mailing list I've collected over 9 years. There was no surviving backup. It is a disaster and a travesty...
So, I have moved my website to a new server (and company). I still have to reconstuct parts of the website; this is a copy I made a while back.
A good thing that will come out of this is, the website will be much better than it was -- in content, and presentation. The old one was one of my first web design efforts, and it kind of got locked as it was on the other server. The new design will offer more content -- including a proper video page! -- and it will be easier to find and navigate.
Events in blue are my bluegrass band Train River.
Events in red are my gypsy jazz band the Hot Club of Hawthorne.
Events in green are everything else!
Go to my future page to view as a calendar.
Go to the music page for details.
gypsy guitar, melodica
electric guitar, MIDI; played solely keys for the first 8 years
acoustic guitar, mandolin
electric guitar, MIDI, mandolin
MIDI guitar with looper, piano, or guitar with looper, all with or without vocals
acoustic guitar, gypsy guitar
Like 'em on Facebook, and please get on the band mailing lists where available!
I perform with multiple bands in various styles on multiple instruments. See the music page for the breakdown. And check the future page for the schedule of upcoming shows.
I teach guitar, piano & mandolin. I have developed a large volume of visual learning materials. I charge competitive rates. See the instruction page for details.
I build simple, flexible websites at low cost. I can optionally create powerful features using PHP, or use a CMS such as WordPress, or a custom one. See the web design page for details.
I book all the music at the O'Neill Pub (formerly Biddy McGraw's). To apply, please don't contact me directly; use the email address on the contact page of the pub website.
I created some Facebook pages; please like and post to them!