Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category

If you’re doing it right, anyway. I was just reading this article, one of those listicles about kicking butt at life. I have to be in the right mood to swallow these but I enjoyed this one. I especially liked this point: Don’t compete with others. Make them compete with you. Most people are competing […]

Pie (Nov Blog 23/30)

23, Nov 2017

There is only one best way. Happy Thanksgiving!

I always have the best of intentions on planes, and I do get good writing done. I also listen to whole complete albums on planes and I find that works wonderfully. I once wrote the best bridge I have ever written on a plane back from Washington, D.C. Other times, like this trip to Albuquerque…I […]

You can put chile, red or green, on anything. I have put it in oatmeal, on pizza, on hotdogs, on desserts. If they made red chile Oreos the world would be a better place.

I had the pleasure of witnessing Shawn Colvin play through her entire “A Few Small Repairs” album on Monday night. It’s the 20th anniversary of the album coming out, and also the first time she’s toured with a band in 20 years. It all came together incredibly at The Paramount in Austin, on the last […]

I call it pumpkin cake. Several of my family members call them “pumpkin bars.” I disagree even though the recipe, passed on from my Grandma herself, says “bars.” I contend that a bar is a denser, more compact type of dessert. A cake is fluffier, with a more crumby texture. I even have Google on […]

I thought I’d try to chart the comings and goings of the various guitars in my life…I have bought and sold many an instrument. The top of the heap is still my trusty Martin OM-15. It sounds amazing and looks like a fudgsicle. What more does one need? Note: I included basses in this list […]

I have been a huge Tori Amos fan since 2003 in college, when my friend Laura got upgraded to front row seats and took me along and I got to witness the Scarlet’s Walk album tour RIGHT UP FRONT. It was incredible. I have since seen Tori in several formats…solo at SXSW, with a string […]

My new age as of yesterday, 35 (!), is mentioned in this fabulous Mary Chapin Carpenter song…listen. The line…”35 makes us pause but we’re still undeterred.” That seems pretty true. Everyone I ran into this week said, “Yay 30’s! Wait until your 40’s, they get better!” Same for the 50-somethings. I hope that’s accurate. I […]

Who cannot help but viscerally react to Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” when that guitar riff starts?!? It’s iconic. It’s perfect. The song holds up. It’s in my 90’s high school nostalgic sweet spot. What if God was one of us, indeed?