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My First Time at the (57th) Grammy Awards 

I had the privilege of attending the 57th Grammy Awards on February 8th. My first time--I’m no longer a Grammys virgin!

During the week prior, I attended a few shows and parties...

With Scott Healy. Photo by Alex Otey.

  Wednesday night I checked out Scott Healy Ensemble at Typhoon Jazz Club in Santa Monica, featuring vocalist Ruby Friedman. You know Scott as the keyboardist on the Conan O’Brien show on television. Amazing, intense and playful. Scott’s tune Koko on the Boulevard, was nominated for… Read more

2014 in Retrospect 

2014 proved to be my best year yet with my music career. I thought I'd take a few moments to give you an update on how it went.
  • Branding updated with new photos (Thank you Jeff Fasano and Seiji Iwata!), updated bio, new website to better match the adult contemporary and smooth jazz genres.
  • Two successful radio campaigns resulting in worldwide radio play for "The One" and "A Bit O' Kindness" on over a dozen stations, and charting in top 50 in SmoothJazz.com's Radar Chart. The One made #5 in the Top… Read more

Andraé Crouch passes 

Andraé Crouch left us on January 8 at 72 years old following a heart attack.

Andraé led the choirs that sang on Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror and Madonna's Like a Prayer. As a songwriter, he wrote several gospel hits, most notably The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon, a song which was sung at Jackson's memorial service.

Andraé's received seven Grammys®, and he received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work on the 1985 film The Color… Read more

Got my Grammy® votes in! 

Mailed in my final votes for the 57th Grammys®! It's been a privilege to be a part of this amazing process, and I've enjoyed listening to a lot of great music.

Golden Globe to a Sadistic Jazz Teacher? 

OK so... In spite of an unidentified man passing out at one of the tables up front and Kathy Bates screaming out in pain, the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards proved to be pretty interesting. I won't cover everything, but here are a few highlights for me.

J.K. Simmons won for supporting actor honor for his sadistic jazz teacher in the movie Whiplash. I'm reminded of some of the sadistic music teachers I've had, hehe ...I'm definitely gonna have to see this one.

Transparent is the first streaming series for… Read more

Scientific findings on gratitude and well-being 

If you’ve been following my previous posts, you probably know by now that I’m a big fan of practicing gratitude. I’ve seen my own outlook on life change for the better by expressing thanks to the universe for all I have rather than focus on lack (or perceived lack). 

I find myself a bit fascinated by the subject, particularly some of the scientific studies which have been done. UC Davis professor, Robert Emmons, Ph.D, has done some interesting studies on gratitude and well-being. Here’s is a summary of Dr.… Read more

How the Grammys Work 


The voting process for the 57th annual Grammys is underway — We’re currently in round 1 member voting. 

Ever wonder how people get nominated for a Grammy?
 

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), located in Santa Monica, California, is the organization which manages the Grammys.
I joined NARAS as a voting member in 2013, and have enjoyed being part of the nomination process, and I thought I’d take a moment to share with you how it works. In a nutshell, it’s like this:
 
1. NARAS establishes… Read more

Celebrating National Coming Out Day 


National Coming Out Day this year is on Saturday, October 11. For most people, that may not mean anything. For me, it’s personal, particularly this year. I thought I’d take a moment to share my story. 

I came out when I was 26…I told my parents, family and friends that I was gay. Now 52, I have been out of the closet as long as I was in it.
 
Coming out was not easy for me. Sure, my parents were liberal Northern Californians, but they were also church people. My father a former Methodist minister, and my… Read more

Peace requires something of us 

This is a little bit of a ramble. About violence. About death. About actions we can collectively take. I hope it all makes sense. 
Robin Williams has left the stage. I remember first seeing him on Happy Days back in the late 70’s. Apparently, Gary Marshall announced to the show’s staff that his 8-year-old son Scott had suggested to him, “Let’s put a space man on Happy Days.” Soon, the Mork and Mindy show happened as a spinoff.
 
Mental illness, substance abuse, depression–these were sadly contributing factors… Read more

The Path of Least Resistance — Living a Creative Life 

My dad was a ponderer. As a youngster, I remember him sitting, reading a book and then at some point he would stare off into the distance. I thought to myself, “What a waste of time.” It wasn’t until much later that I realized there was some value to pondering. 

So anyway… lately I’ve been pondering creative force in my own life, and I recently stumbled onto a book, The Path of Least Resistance, by Robert Fritz. While it’s not fair to attempt to summarize the depth of this book in a relatively short post… Read more
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