march 23, 2019

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“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.” ~ Unknown


band #2


And this was my office today, taking a seat at the skins with this incredible group of players known as Four Leonards and a Fifth (not pictured is Melissa Snow Groves). I was beyond thrilled that they let me play with them (really, I wore them down), and I was able to finally meet Billy (in green) and wife Becky Rudd. I’d only seen Becky play with Andrew Perkins (guitar), David Hurst (long hair), and Melissa at the first Leonard Cohen Tribute show way back in 2017. I loved Billy and Becky the second they walked in; gifted players both. I can’t tell you how much fun I had today. We played for two hours and actually got through about six songs; from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition to Cheap Trick’s Surrender. Not bad for a first time. This is going to be a super fun band and I’m in love with it already. They’re challenging me in the best way and this Stella is ready to get her groove back. They win Saturday (although I’m the real winner here). 

august 12, 2018

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“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house…Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” ~ Mother Teresa


guitar men


I’ve known Fred Sexton (seated) and Neil Sturgill for more than 20 years. We’ve played some good music over that time, and now we get to do it again. Our rehearsals have been sporadic, but every time we’ve managed to make it happen I’ve been tickled to be with them more than they’ll ever really know. I look forward to our Sunday rehearsals at Jeff’s (Yurkoski at the keys) even when we can’t all be there (not pictured are Pat and Travis…because they weren’t there). Their good humor and patient musicianship are like a balm to my soul. And some of the twangy, bluesy mad riffs they play just makes me smile way down deep like nothing else can. They couldn’t have walked into my life at a better time, and thanks to Jeff, I’ve got a kit ready for playing. I just have to walk in. How did I get so lucky?


3/5 a band

april 22, 2018

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“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” ~ Zaid K. Abdelnour




Friday was a pretty day, and by mid afternoon there was a German horn ensemble playing in the wilds of campus. Can’t say I’ve seen this on campus before. Drum brigades and the like, yes, but not a French Horn ensemble sporting Alpine hats. It was purely delightful. Students parked themselves nearby for their studies. Employees came out of their offices to soak up some D vitamin sun and music. But it was the hats that got me. You have to love a band with a sense of humor. There are some major advantages to working on a collage campus, and a German horn band with Alpine hats is one of them. UPDATE: Thanks to Susan Henthorn’s keen eye, our French Horn ensemble is actually the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble conducted by Dr. Skip Gray in UK’s School of Music. Thanks, Susan! 


in bloom

january 21, 2013

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In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, despirited, or depressed, they would ask you one of four questions:
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
~ Gabrielle Roth

one man's band
one man’s band (snapseed)

Maybe the Doo Wop truck has been around forever, but I didn’t see it until two weeks ago. I’ve wanted to stop ever since. I finally did. If this doesn’t make you want to be in a band, nothing will. Or maybe it’s just me. I’ll blame it on Foo Fighters and Cry of Love listening of late. If you haven’t heard of Cry of Love, and you love killer rock and roll, click the link and give them a listen. Then go buy Wasting Light by Foo Fighters. Both play serious rock and roll with melody – the way God intended.

hit the road
hit the road (snapseed)

january 13, 2013

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
~ Eckhart Tolle

spinal tap no more
spinal tap no more (snapseed)

In a former life, Kiya Heartwood and I had a little band called Stealin Horses. Now, technology allows us to create music again even though we live far apart; Kiya in Texas and me in Kentucky, joined by Pete Poggione (gtr) in Michigan, and Jon Durno (bass) in England. In 2011, Kiya and I flew to London to play a gig with Jon (he’s in the video Turnaround). That’s when the sparks started flying. This May will mark the 25th anniversary of our major label release. Seems as good a time as any to steal another horse. What you can’t really see in this picture is that we’re all smiling big, happy, excited smiles. My life: I feel blessed beyond measure.