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Neptune!

This is the star of today’s recording session.  My Neptune baritone guitar. I only use this about twice a year but it is the only way to get that perfect spaghetti western sound that we all love. Write your piece in Bminor, add tremolo, and you’re...

The Secret Shopkeeper

If you order a Chaise Lounge CD from Amazon or another big retailer, you’ll receive it from a warehouse somewhere. But people who don’t make and sell records for a living are often surprised to learn that the CDs and merch they order via the band’s...

A Flurry of Spec Spots

For five years or so, I have been affiliated with a company called Score a Score that provides music for TV commercials and indie film projects. I sporadically send them tracks to add to their catalog. It’s done “on spec,” meaning I don’t get...

What to Do With Downtime

I think about my mother a lot these days. She was a farm girl from Maine with a very no-nonsense approach to life. Once, when I was just starting out in music, I complained to her that I didn’t have enough work. She thought a bit and responded, “When we had...
Coming Soon: My Solo Show!

Coming Soon: My Solo Show!

It has been ages since I stepped onstage alone—literally decades—but when a colleague invited me to put together a singer-songwriter act for a venue he books, for some reason I said yes. I’m not sure I was fully aware until I started putting together the show...

The Sports Page

This is a really special day. The sports page in the Post was as good as it has been in 25 years. The Wizards beat the Heat last night. The Nats got their fifth starter, Dan Haren and it looks like they are going to retain LaRoche. The Skins are on a roll with a true...

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