My short and simple guide to chasing your dreams.
One important thing I advocate for is for fat people to get fit - not necessarily lose weight - just
get physically active. I mainly stay active by Refereeing Ice Hockey, Umpiring Softball, and Bicycling. My wonderful
home of West Seattle provides plenty of opportunity and challenge for bicycling, and I do so for several errands - any chance
to leave the car behind. So all you big guys and girls, get out there on two wheels, drive safe and legally, and demonstrate
the ultimate in green transportation!
This is music I heard in a dream on 11/28/2006 at around 2AM, while at a hotel on a project assignment.
In this dream, I was in a shoe store trying on shoes and I heard a short bit of music that was pretty much the first
half of the sample above. For some reason, I knew that music was all about common sense, so I built a full song around
Here is the story of Progressive Hip-Hop as I see it: Stevie Wonder forged
the key, Coolio unlocked the door with "Gangsta's Paradise", Rob D opened the door with "Clubbed to Death"
from The Matrix Soundtrack. Now I'm stepping into that Progressive Hip-Hop world with this structured jam.
"The Square Record
Album" - 0:04 MP3 ©2008
Yes this is a real song that happened in one of my dreams when I put
a needle on a square phonograph record album. Well, duh!!!
Almost as long as I have enjoyed music, I have enjoyed pinball. While I'm not a superstar, I hold
my own in tournaments and am nationally ranked. So it's yet another fun experience to depict musically. Be sure to look for PDM on a nearby pinball machine
(like this....) "The Tournament" 3:21 MP3 sample ©2011
always say that sports provide lessons in life. When I was 9 years old, I got an unexpected life lesson in chasing your dreams at
a Squirt Ice Hockey tournament in Hershey, PA. Spoiler alert: the trophy we got from it in this photo
shows the outcome at the base. :-)
Recorded 1/2010 - 4/2010
This is based on my experiences (personal and collectively among my friends) with phasing
out sugar from my life with the help of Radiant Recovery. There is a lot of wisdom there for anyone who recognizes a sugar addiction in themselves. The journey is at times
funny and exhilerating, and also difficult and sad.
The music and lyrics reflect that broad experience.
That's why I posted the full version that shows my full musical range (although I don't plan on playing
it at coffee shops that sell desserts. :-)
We live in a world where successful business men & women make the news because of evil things they do.
There are many more who know that the path to real riches is by giving back.
Uncle John was my Godfather, and I
could always turn to him for counsel, help, or just a friendly chat. Despite being quite successful, he seemed to always
find time for family and friends. He received a heart transplant 14 years ago (that's not a typo,) and made the
very most of it.
Musically, a Yes/Zappa style song didn't seem to fit, so I took a very different approach.
|Art used with permission from Dick Whyte, altered to look like my dream
Mind" - 7:57 MP3 sample ©2010
a very strange dream from 1/26/2004. Never eat excessive carbs right before bed. :-)
ice skated up a frozen street to join a N.J. Devils Youth Hockey Team in their practice. It was outside in a back
yard on a frozen swimming pool. We did some basic skating drills. One crossover drill involved skating out the
driveway and into a jughandle across the street. We stopped and then returned to the driveway after the light turned
Now it was time for training indoors. We did a few exercises together and then each selected
a recumbent bike. I selected one that looked kind of fancy, and would also help with relaxation. I started
pedaling but it was difficult to control. Still, I was able to keep the pace slow and relaxed. An unexpected special
ability of this bike was that the seat moved up then down, then forward and back to neutral. This was also relaxing,
but the seat kept cycling higher up and further forward, soon out of control. The rounded pedals got much bigger too
and took on a life of their own. As the seat approached the wall in front of me, I was able to use my legs to avoid
getting hurt. As I approached the ceiling, I was able to get a grip on a ridge for a moment in an attempt to stop
the machine, but it kept going. I knew the next cycle forward, back and and then up would smash my head into the ceiling
in certain death......
I immediately developed the ability to compartmentalize the dream. It was represented
on a white circuit board with a small black letter S in the middle with a square around it. In the overlay-dream, I
was lying immobilized in my bed observing the circuit board, but still partially experiencing imminent death in what was now
the sub-dream. I outwardly braced for impact, nauseous and out of control. The head impact came, I felt myself
throw up a little, and I saw the square on the circuit board collapse in on the S. Still immobilized in the overlay
dream, it took several more seconds to wake up.
Turns out I didn't throw up, but I knew the best remedy for
serotonin overdose due to carb overload: get protein like cheese!
An unusual experiment combining
The Buggles and Death Metal. Between the added calm and confidence of Radiant Recovery, and some of the concepts behind Law of Attraction, the way I respond to bad things happening is quite different than it used to be. Sometimes
I slip into that old mindset of being persecuted, and it amuses me in hindsight. So don't take my Death Metal rendition too
Back in Bergen Catholic High School, I participated in Cross-Country (distance running) as a Freshman.
Let's just say I didn't compete for first place in those races. Our top runner in my class was named Doug.
So I contributed what I could to the team in this true story.
"Undead High / Dormancy / Surge of the Muse" - 13:35 ©2009
Recorded 5/2009 - 6/2009
This is the story of how music entered my life bass-ackwards, and how damaging the removal of school music
programs can be.
- "Undead High" MP3 sample : That same High School inspired a dream in 2008 that... wasn't quite
a nightmare... it was just silly enough not to scare the crap out of me. It didn't even take place at my high
school. An old apartment building I lived in on McKinley Avenue in Hawthorne NJ, which was once a school, was the
setting for this dream. I walked down the 2nd floor hallway to the end of the corridor and could just FEEL that the
large, empty room there was haunted. I walked the other way to an unknown priest who reassured me he could fix
it. He shot a dart into that haunted room. It started creaking and groaning. I stepped back, but then several
undead high school kids bounded out of the empty room singing in a style similar to Rocky Horror about repressed music and
- "Dormancy": With the Catholic school messages
ringing in my head that a music career of any sort was dangerous on so many levels, I stuck to playing CDs.
But I couldn't help but tinker with my simple Casio that I got in 1986. Anything I could play from my favorite band
Yes, anything I could learn from friends at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, anything I could figure out on my own.... But the main
focus had to be on launching a full time career. My long part time work in sports officiating eventually made me realize
that performing music did not have to be an all or nothing proposition - wild success or destitution. I had a few ideas
but nothing serious until......
- "Surge of the Muse": MP3 sample Moving from New Jersey to Seattle was a nice change of pace as described in my first epic, "The Crossing."
An unexpected side effect of that move was seemingly unlimited musical inspiration! The "muse" handed me more
ideas than I could write down in my PDA. It's been a huge surge of musical ideas that'll take years
Not sure why I had a dream about parts of these two tunes done with a tin whistle, but
I ran with it.
This is a childhood nightmare come true. In the nightmare, I'm strolling around my house in Butler,
NJ. Then I open the door to the basement and it's a seething caldron of smoke and tornadic winds (sound effect in
the song is pretty accurate.) A loud chorus from down there sings "Help! Help! America's In Trouble!"
I slam the door and wake up shortly thereafter. While my basement in West
Seattle doesn't really do that, America really is in trouble in late 2008 into 2009.
Star Trek has inspired my life in many ways since childhood. It helped choose my career, it brought me suspense, laughter
and adventure, but most of all, it helped me to have faith in humanity and myself. My favorite entertainment comes together
with my favorite style of music in an attempt to convey the true meaning of this multi-generational phenomenon. This
will not have references to Capt. Picard or Klingons or the Delta Quadrant, but the overall vision and inspiration from Star
Trek crerator Gene Roddenberry.
"Last Night's Dream" - 7:01
MP3 sample ©2010
This is based on a dream from this past January with very unusual imagery that could have been disturbing,
but was really pleasant.
"Legacy Of Love" - 12:29
MP3 sample ©2010
A tribute to my grandparents, who I would consider a template for marriage - together
over 60 years, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren while alive. They didn't have it easy,
but they made it look easy. The lives of both of them are now in song.
"The Dream Found (Say It Out Loud)" - 12:50 MP3 sample ©2011
This completes the Transitions Trilogy that started with "The Crossing" and "Corporate Dysfunction".
It's also the only song on this album with both kinds of dreams. It's a case of life being stranger than fiction as
I depict the past 2 years of my office career. Skeptical? Listen to the sample just to hear how a Marimba fits into Speed
Metal. That leads into the real-life nightmare segment - a dream I had right after being laid off.
Why I was wandering
my childhood home, I'm not sure. But suddenly I was under attack! Remember the James Bond weapon with a buzz-saw on a
yo-yo? The one in my nightmare could go sideways! It was a narrow hallway so I had nowhere to go as the walls were being destroyed
around me. The loud music during the attack was something I had never heard before, but the words were unclear. The strangest
thing in the end... I never got hurt.
A big shift happened when I started clearly stating what I wanted to do (i.e.
Law Of Attraction.) As a result, I'm not rich or happy all the time, but my life is going in the general direction I want
it to. And the most important thing, I am grateful for my life now.