Community Jazz(y) Ensemble
What do you get when you cross a brilliantly talented, classically trained flautist; a country-blues-rock guitarist; a Zeppelinesque heavy-rock drummer; and your humble rock/blues influenced, bebop lovin' bassist narrator?

Check out the final result on my Music - Video page, in the My Videos section at the bottom.
Bruce Rocks the SuperBowl
I'm not a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. But I admire and respect the man and his work. I found a new respect for him a few years ago when my friend Steve turned me onto his live performances. No brilliant flash of technical prowess, no blinding instrumental virtuosity, just tons of gut, heart, and soul. Technical ability is only impressive for so long. Without some substance behind it, it grows old quickly. Soul and passion have infinite sustainability.

Not being a Bruce-ite, I am not qualified to comment on this performance. I'll just say that I'll take a Bruce performance over any over-the-top pop star any day of the week.
The Construction of York
YorkA few years ago I had a job homeschooling a couple of teenage boys. It was one of the most interesting and challenging jobs I’ve ever had. Because of the freedom homeschooling provides, we were able to undertake quite a few interesting projects. We had lots of adventures, and many a story I could tell.

One semester, we decided to build a life-sized anatomy model. Our plans started out grand but gradually became more modest. I suggested ideas, pushed and prodded, but the boys did most of the actual construction themselves.
Roy Clark Rocks
I've been catching the reruns of Hee Haw on RFD TV lately. I used to watch with my family growing up, and it brings back a lot of good memories. Sure, it's hokey and corny - the cast doesn't pretend any differently. But there's a lot of good music on there.

Whether you like country music or not, you have to admit Roy Clark is an amazing musician. This video isn't his most impressive playing, but you have to be pretty great to pull of goofiness as well as he does.

Check out the video on my music video page, and if you feel so inclined, catch an episode of Hee Haw on RFD TV. It's on right after Big Joe's Polka Show and right before This Week In Agribusiness.

Boat Killers
I awoke one morning to find an abandoned boat in my backyard pond. I won't go into details about how the boat got there. Suffice it to say that during that period in my life and for many years before, it wasn't unusual for such things to happen.

The boat slowly floated around the pond for days, slowly sinking and filling with rain water until it came to rest on the shallow bottom on the east side of the pond. And there it stayed for how long I do not remember. But it was long enough for me to try in vain to give the boat away, sell it, offer to pay to have it taken away -- and still the boat remained.

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