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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Claude and the Fawn

Claude and the Fawn

Nepenthe, Big Sur, California When I was a child, I saw a black and white photo of my grandfather, Claude Redenbaugh, on...

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Ships Not Seen

Ships Not Seen

Asilomar State Beach, California There's a famous story of Christopher Columbus landing in the new world. Even though he...

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The Detour

The Detour

Monterey Bay, Monterey, California I went out for my Sunday morning romp. It was chilly, the good kind that wakes you up...

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Pete’s Magic

Pete’s Magic

When I was a kid, we had a neighborhood bike shop named Pete’s. It was in a dirty white house on the corner with a mountain...

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Common Beauty

Common Beauty

Avila Beach, California This morning I peered out our bedroom window. The sun was angling across the yard, lighting up the...

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Ara’s Garden

Ara’s Garden

Monterey, California Ara lived down the street in one of those houses that sits way back from the road with a big front...

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A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows

Joshua Tree National Park, California I was walking next to a park several blocks from our house when I saw a dead crow in...

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The Shapes to Come

The Shapes to Come

Berlin, Germany This morning, I walked through the yard of the Monterey Museum of Art and came across a pair of sculptures...

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Our Mutual Relative

Our Mutual Relative

Venice Beach, California I’m walking through the Park. Spring’s starting to look like summer with leaved trees, a warm sun,...

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The Green Button

The Green Button

Otari MTR-12 Mastering Tape Machine I sat down between the speakers and pushed the green play button on the remote. I heard...

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Welcomed by the Sun

Welcomed by the Sun

Pacific Grove, California I love spring. Everything's coming alive, waking from a long sleep, welcomed by the warm sun,...

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Vintage Apothecary

Vintage Apothecary

Tuolumne, California I have my version of this, a way of carrying myself that helps me fit into the world. It fascinates...

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Slow and Easy Float

Slow and Easy Float

Desert Hot Springs, California Last week we drove out to the Mojave Desert to a 1940s motel with a natural hot spring. I've...

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Hairy Legs Stomping

Hairy Legs Stomping

Mission Bell, Monterey, California I had a girlfriend, Ann, who owned a horse sixteen hands tall. She named it, Freedom,...

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Applying the Future

Applying the Future

The Fourth Floor, Monterey, California They've been painting the trim on our office building. What does it feel like to be...

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Generous Nuances

Generous Nuances

Window Shopping, Monterey, California I had an attorney named Allan Stamm. He was over 70 years old when I hired him to put...

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Infirm Adherence

Infirm Adherence

Somewhere, California I’ve been thinking about the word integrity. Merriam-Webster defines it as: firm adherence to a code...

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Message In a Bottle

Message In a Bottle

Anywhere, California I walked into a public restroom and found beautiful white and violet flowers sitting next to the sink...

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Shaded in Yellow

Shaded in Yellow

Monterey Vista, Monterey, California With a cold winter chill in the air, I walked up a hill towards our house; my coat...

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Garish Plastic Flowers

Garish Plastic Flowers

El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, California Early one morning, I was out for my Sunday morning romp on my bike. On the...

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Pokers and Paper

Pokers and Paper

Asilomar State Beach, Monterey, California Early last Sunday morning down at the wharf, we saw an older woman with a bag...

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Groovy Ruts

Groovy Ruts

In-flight, Monterey, California The twinkling lights are coming down, and the eggnog is going sour. Everything seems the...

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The Flame of Intention

The Flame of Intention

Highway I-25 north of Chugwater, Wyoming The week between the holidays has a feel. No other week feels quite like it. For...

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Space and Silence

Space and Silence

Berlin, Germany The sun felt warm, friendly, and inviting on my face; I just leaned up against the concrete wall and let it...

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The Beauty of Use

The Beauty of Use

Multivox Premier 100R Guitar Amplifier The Japanese have a word, wabi-sabi, which means finding beauty in the imperfection...

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The Blank Wall

The Blank Wall

Black Sand Beach, Sayulita, Mexico What should we do with the blank wall in our living room? Yes, we could put a piece of...

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Morrie’s Alchemy

Morrie’s Alchemy

First Rain, Monterey, California Thanksgiving evening after dessert, our host passed around paper and pens and asked us to...

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Surface Tension

Surface Tension

Berlin, Germany When I think of surface tension, I'm usually thinking of bugs skipping across water. It's the attraction...

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A Healthier Bondage

A Healthier Bondage

Somewherezig, Germany I saw a cigarette butt on the sidewalk. A long butt more than half a cigarette, and I felt a pang, an...

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Slow Moving Sideways

Slow Moving Sideways

Tiergarten, Biergarten, Berlin, Germany It’s a Sunday afternoon in the beer garden with people laughing and munching wurst,...

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An Accent with Quiche

An Accent with Quiche

Somewhere in Germany, coordinates unknown, and who the hell cares anyway I was in the Paris Bakery, sipping an Americano...

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Happy Accidents

Happy Accidents

Big Sur, California I’m fascinated by the creative process. There’s nothing, and then there’s something; ideas and feelings...

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A Problem with Porridge

A Problem with Porridge

Kindergarden, Berlin, Germany When I was five years old, one of my older brothers taught me how to ride a bike on a beat-up...

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Fresh Cashews Old Songs

Fresh Cashews Old Songs

König Galerie, Berlin, Germany I never know how I’m going to feel. I go to the river expecting a good time, smell fresh...

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