The UnGarden

The UnGarden

Sunset Manzanita, California Native     What makes a garden feel at ease with itself? I love different garden...

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Not a Thing

Not a Thing

Venice Beach, California   The Venice Pier had that blank, tilted feeling empty tourist spots have. The dawn sun cut...

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A Hanging Moment

A Hanging Moment

I could describe what I’m seeing or hearing. I could even go deeper and explain how I feel and what’s happening around me...

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Sea Lion Love

Sea Lion Love

Monterey Bay, Monterey, California    As streams of dawn light glimpsed through the broken cloud cover, I rolled up...

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Moths in Silhouette

Moths in Silhouette

Big Sur, California   Oaktree moths fly through the evening sun, setting them aglow like fireflies, while a simmering...

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Hidden Value

Hidden Value

Euterpe Farms, Ojai, California      I have an old, chipped porcelain cup, probably WWII war surplus. My mom used it...

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The Truth About Mothers

The Truth About Mothers

Monterey State Beach, Sand City, California   I’ve been thinking about my mother as we all have the last few days, and...

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Beyond all Reason

Beyond all Reason

Canter's Restaurant, Hollywood, California   Canter’s is undoubtedly one of my favorite restaurants. It has been...

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Listen for the Birds

Listen for the Birds

Veteran's Park, Monterey, California   Earth day fifty-two. It seems odd that we only have one day a year dedicated to...

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Gracious Acceptance

Gracious Acceptance

Mount Pleasant, Rising Park, Lancaster, Ohio   As soon as I stepped into the house, I recognized it. It had been some...

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Oh, Nothing

Oh, Nothing

Monterey Bay, Monterey, California   One night several years ago, I couldn’t sleep, and even the calming things I do...

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A Subtle Scent

A Subtle Scent

Point Lobos, California State Reserve   It was wild to realize that crazy storm was inside my head. Contrast provided...

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The Stillness Betwixt

The Stillness Betwixt

Monterey Bay, Monterey California   It seemed so large at the time. As my sister Joan and I played on a swing set in...

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Three Wishes

Three Wishes

Sunset, Monterey Bay, Monterey California   I'm finding it difficult to write because everything I put down seems...

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An Insoluble Scent

An Insoluble Scent

Cannery Row, Monterey, California   It started with a feeling. I don’t know if I can describe it, but I understand it...

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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Veteran's Park, Monterey, California   There are 185 wooden steps up the Stairway to Heaven to the Huckleberry Hill...

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An Irish Twinkle

An Irish Twinkle

Sunrise, Monterey, California   The unemployment office sent me to a place called Mecanex Corporation, a factory that...

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El Porto

El Porto

El Porto, Manhattan Beach, California   One of my favorite surf spots was El Porto in Manhattan Beach in front of the...

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More than Anything

More than Anything

Bright stabs of sun filter through the fig tree, the plants glow with every shade of green while a blue-sky circling...

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Some Kind of Magic

Some Kind of Magic

In the ‘70s, I lived with three roommates in a rental house in a Denver suburb. We set up the communal stereo on a shelf...

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Concurrent Connection

Concurrent Connection

Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove, California That's the second time today I turned my head and caught someone staring at me or...

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Two Words

Two Words

El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, California   I had a New Year's Day missive written and ready to go about a shiny...

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Anti-Scrooge?

Anti-Scrooge?

Toyon Berries, California Native   I'm not really qualified to write about the holiday season, having been a Scrooge...

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Stringless Kites

Stringless Kites

Monterey Bay, Monterey California   It was in the forties this morning when I pushed my bike into the street. As I...

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A Notch Below

A Notch Below

I love breakfast places. Not the fancy luxurious hotel kind; those always have an edge of intimidation for me, an uptight...

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Otherworldly Gauze

Otherworldly Gauze

Santa Monica Pier   The dense morning fog was beginning to lighten when I crawled out of bed. Every thought that...

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Owning the Ephemeral

Owning the Ephemeral

Pacific Grove,California   We walked into town to find a place to grab breakfast. The sky held a menageriof clouds...

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Ineffable Layer Cake

Ineffable Layer Cake

El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, California   Dawn, Sunday morning, as I rode my bike along the Monterey coast,...

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Half Buried Bug

Half Buried Bug

Quarry Park, Monterey, California   Quarry Park is a short walk from our house. As the name suggests, it's an old...

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Appreciative Touch

Appreciative Touch

Photo by Bob Beland   I was the house recording engineer for MCA Music's publishing studio when they created a new...

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More Love 

More Love 

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California   Parked on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant on Alvarado Street, sat a...

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Ordinary Stillness 

Ordinary Stillness 

Commons Park, Denver, Colorado   Last night I couldn’t sleep. After a few hours, I decided just to lay there and rest...

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Park or Art

Park or Art

Washington Park, Denver, Colorado   We recently spent our last day in Denver, my hometown, faced with the decision of...

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Irreverent Smile

Irreverent Smile

Skid Roper, Robert Feist, Mojo Nixon   Mojo Nixon burst into the control room with a two-foot plastic statue of the...

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Brushes and Spray

Brushes and Spray

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany   “The art world is spun-up with so many elements, it overshadows the work,” I...

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Scattered Shards

Scattered Shards

Studio C, A&M Studios, Hollywood, Jim Novak, London May, Tracy Stevens (top), Robert Feist, Tim Swenson, 1988  ...

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Ten Thousand Albums

Ten Thousand Albums

Joseph Beuys, Das Kapital Raum, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, Germany   My first paid job in a recording studio...

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Captured in a Box

Captured in a Box

Monterey, California   Just after first light, I went out for a romp on my bike. In Monterey, California the sun rises...

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Meeting the Future

Meeting the Future

Cannery Row, Monterey, California   One Saturday morning in 1990, I drove across Hollywood and walked into a room with...

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Breathing the Same Air

Breathing the Same Air

I'd heard of the band Agent Orange. They were considered surf punk, but I'd never been to a show, nor could I remember...

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The Unsigned

The Unsigned

Yesterday, I went through a large box of tapes I recorded years ago. The majority were demos or unreleased albums...

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In the Broader Sense

In the Broader Sense

Allan Holdsworth with recording engineer Robert Feist during the recording of the Metal Fatigue LP circa 1985   The...

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Mysterious Blue

Mysterious Blue

Monterey Bay, California   The bay looks different every day. I can't ride my bike past it without taking photos, so I...

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Harvesting Random

Harvesting Random

Zomevhere, Berlin, Germany   I used to have a fixed idea of how a snare drum should sound. I’d spend hours changing...

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Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, Colifornia   The sun sparkles through raindrops, dripping from trees like cut...

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Intention Retention

Intention Retention

Quarry Park, Monterey, California   I love these rocks. In Quarry Park at the end of the path, in a place that holds a...

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Calm vs Chaos

Calm vs Chaos

Ojai Valley, California   I worked for a record producer who loved chaos. I'd get to the studio early to set up mics,...

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Acquiescence

Acquiescence

Venice Beach, California   Well, I guess I have to ask the question. Why do people spend so much time looking for a...

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It Pulses

It Pulses

Upper West Side, Manhatten, NY   A subway station, Broadway and something, Upper West Side, the smell, and the wait,...

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My Very First

My Very First

Clandestine holiday decorations courtesy of Scott Burns and friends.    My first electric car looked like a cross...

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Melody Crush

Melody Crush

 Analog, Magnetic Biosphere   Do songs appear in your mind for no apparent reason? For me, they creep up in pieces,...

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Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California   Here we are, a new start, spring and easter, and an egg-laying hare. I hear...

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A Thousand Generations

A Thousand Generations

Downtown Monterey, California   The direction seems to reverse, and I become an observer instead of an initiator. It...

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asking-wanting-hoping

asking-wanting-hoping

Veteran's Trail, Monterey, California   “If you wake up at 3:00 a.m., you should meditate," was my instruction. I took...

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Flowing Dark Hair

Flowing Dark Hair

Ravenswork Studios, Venice, Califonia   The first time I met artist Jim Barrett, he climbed out of his white station...

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Test of Time

Test of Time

“World Time Clock” Bettina Pousttchi, Berlinische Galerie   It all started in the late ‘70s in a recording studio in...

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Pale Blue Sensation

Pale Blue Sensation

Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii   The sky grew rich with deep orange hues streaking across a pale-blue sky as I...

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A Call to Life

A Call to Life

Cannery Row, Monterey, California   It rained most of the night, but in the morning, the sun broke through the clouds...

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My Favorite One

My Favorite One

Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California   I’ve been trying to think of something fitting to write about for this...

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

How can I put this … I'm not at war against it or anything but, I'm not into Christmas. My family had trees when I was a...

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Sun Bleached Peace

Sun Bleached Peace

Venice Beach, California   When I met Tommy, he was managing a small motel spa in the desert. He had that slow,...

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Wings and Wind

Wings and Wind

The wind blew. A morning sun angled through the trees, and chimes in the neighborhood rang an alarm of something...

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Violins and Ethics

Violins and Ethics

I was hired to record an orchestra for a Pacific Bell commercial campaign. We booked one of my favorite studios, Westlake,...

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The Garden Door

The Garden Door

I came across a pink door in the forest leading to nowhere. Have you noticed these lonely doors? Some of them are nice, all...

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Living Gracefully

Living Gracefully

Morro Bay, California   As we walked through the nursing home, it seemed like Grace knew everyone. Old ranchers with...

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Replacement

Replacement

Monterey Bay, Monterey, California   When something isn't working in the recording studio, it can be a task to figure...

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Only Sitting

Only Sitting

Redwood Forest, Big Sur, California   It had been a crazy day at work, not unlike most days, I suppose. I was late to...

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Loud Cover

Loud Cover

Premier 100 Guitar Amplifier   Volume gets everyone's attention. It's powerful, and all too often, can't be ignored....

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A Hundred Answers

A Hundred Answers

Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California   She sat there on those steps most afternoons, reading a book checked out...

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Not A Lot of Words

Not A Lot of Words

Monterey Bay, Monterey, California   I've mixed the audio for thousands of TV commercials. One of my favorite...

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Purring Clicks

Purring Clicks

El Porto, Manhattan Beach, Califonia   In the early morning sun, drinking deep the cool, fresh air, I release the...

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Gnomes and Flamingos

Gnomes and Flamingos

I saw a raven sitting on a garden gnome. I’m not the kind of person to put a gnome in my yard, but they’re fun to look at,...

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A Matter of Doubt 

A Matter of Doubt 

Zomewhere, Berlin, Germany   Maybe you know what it's like: I can't do this. I'm just fooling myself. Who the hell do...

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Mental Curation

Mental Curation

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum of Contemporary Art - Berlin - Germany   Did you know, Gambel's quail, which lives in the...

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My Secret

My Secret

A million years ago, in the late ‘70s, I moved to Hollywood to work in the recording studios. I had all the usual problems:...

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Oh No Not Holly’s

Oh No Not Holly’s

Pacific Grove, California I just found out that our favorite breakfast and lunch place, Holly's Lighthouse Cafe in Pacific...

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The Waitress’s Eyes

The Waitress’s Eyes

Donna's eyes through a kaleidoscope, The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, Germany  We ventured out to one of our favorite...

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Juggling the Heat

Juggling the Heat

Highway 1, Central California Coast All-day long, I pulled hot plastic parts out of a plastic injection molder. It was a...

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