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Art & Copy – The Movie

I sat there stunned. Did Silverman really call Hal Riney “the devil”? True, that in the next breath he also called him “the angel” but that seemed grudging — like he remembered he was on camera and that somebody might see it. I backed up the dvd just to be sure. Yep, he said it. […]

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Molly McButter

In the mid 80s, Alberto Culver – yep, the company that made VO5 and other hair care products – introduced a butter substitute that would melt when you shook it onto your food. Tasted like butter and less messy. How did the hair company get into food products? Either they set out with that as […]

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The Ella Fitzgerald gig

In January 1972 Ella Fitzgerald had a Sunday night gig with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. There were guitar parts on all of her songs, and a few songs that featured guitar intros and solos. I don’t know why, but Erich Kunzel liked my guitar playing. I had started playing electric guitar with the orchestra in […]

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The Mel Torme gig

Mill Run was a popular Chicago stop back when musical acts travelled around the country promoting their records. I had been in the house band at the Beverly Hills Club and the Lookout House in Cincinnati – playing guitar – before I moved to Chicago. The gig starts with a 3 hour rehearsal, probably on […]

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Thoughts on The Voice and other competitions

Three things bother me about The Voice and other similar shows. The first is the glorification of mediocrity and imitation. Granted, every so often they unearth a unique talent, but for every one of those there are a hundred bartenders, schoolteachers and accountants who aren’t that good, and rarely bring something original to the show. […]

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The Demise of the Art Institute

I think shadenfreude is taking delight at the misery of others, usually your enemies. I think there’s a corollary where you leave an enterprise – either voluntarily or not – and the thing which was running well when you left then falls apart. It’s a roundabout way of getting a compliment that they couldn’t get […]

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Teaching Online

I just finished a very refreshing eight weeks of teaching Scoring & Sound Design online. My students included a computer science major, a music major, a theater major, and a media major. When I envisioned this class, I thought it would be popular with filmmakers and people who love movies, and I designed the assignments […]

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Ringtones

I bit the bullet over the summer and installed a Garmin 750, along with two G5s, a JPI 830 and a Garmin 345 to comply with the ADS-B mandate. The panel was upgraded in 1998 – two years before I acquired the airplane – with a then-state-of-the-art King stack. So it was time. The 750 […]

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Finally…

For years I was pretty good about keeping up my website – and then I wasn’t. But I’m back now and building this one item at a time. Eventually there will be audio and video samples, links to articles, and pictures – lots of pictures. For now, feel free to contact me if you’re looking […]

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