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Gather Your Troops

I hate asking for help. I usually pride myself on autonomy and self-reliance. And, I’ve recently been reminded how extremely limiting that can be. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller) For a while now, I have been...

Havana & the Universal Language of Music

“Hmm,” I think to myself, “there’s a live band in here; this seems like the place to stop.” I’ve only been on the island a couple of hours, but it’s time to catch some music, maybe a Cuban sandwich and that Mojito that I...

A Year In The Life (2010 Review)

Whew . . . what a year! (Click on links throughout for more details) At the suggestion of several friends and musical/traveling cohorts, and without knowing the slightest bit about what I was doing, I ran my first ever post on January 1st of this year. BAM!...

4+ Jerks, 1 Lesson

Bikers, travelers, and musicians . . . oh my! All about the analogies today, let me explain four ways that I’ve learned the same lesson. And we begin with a story . . . (1) I’m driving down Powell Boulevard in Portland yesterday morning when a motorcyclist...

Never. Stop. Learning.

I’m currently in the Atlanta airport, en route to Puerto Rico. This is the third annual trip I’ve made to the island, to attend La Fiesta de Santiago Apostol in the town of Loiza, and to learn more about the traditional percussion rhythms of Bomba and Plena. Before I...