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 LA. I had a job as an assistant to the engineer, and over time, recording song after song, a relentless, slippery question formed in my mind: What...
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 made my way over the mountain pass into Joshua Tree National Park. The pockmarks of man’s activity gave way to the undisturbed desert...
Three and a Half Words  

Three and a Half Words  

Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve, Monterey, California   I know a Frenchman named Marcel. Several of us would occasionally meet at a coffee shop for a sip, a bite, and a chat on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Marcel never ordered coffee because he made his own at...
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 and sparkled off everything. Donna and I went out for an early walk, and as soon as we left the gate, we heard in the distance a murder of crows...
Brighter Shade of Green

Brighter Shade of Green

Sunrise at Monterey Bay, California   It always seems to happen; I never know how I’m going to feel. I was surprised the day after we got married by how good I felt and was struck entirely off guard when I saw my first album credit. Of course, this time, I knew...