My friend offered to pay for my ticket and dragged me to a Tommy Emmanuel concert. Surely if Tommy was “the best in the world” I would have heard about him right? Think again. Tommy came out firing on all cylinders and changed the way I looked at acoustic guitar forever. This tune “Mombasa” was stuck in my head leaving the venue, and all the way home. Little did I know that I’d be playing this song with Tommy a few years down the road. It’s one of my favorites- Enjoy!
Here’s one I wrote for my niece Paige. I used a capo on the fifth fret to raise the pitch of the song. The goal was to maximize musical melody with minimum fretboard real estate. I’ll be interested to see what Paige thinks of it once she can talk!
I stopped by my sister and brother in law’s house a few weeks ago while we were packing up for the move. They recommended that I learn this song . The song really resonated with me and I listened to it all day. It kept me calm as I boxed up room after room full of stuff. It reminded me that things are messy for everyone and the point of life is to have faith that things will work themselves out. Most importantly, the cyclical nature of the tune calmed me down during a super stressful time. Then we opened my wife’s closet……one step up and two steps back.
I’ve lived in Richmond, Va. my entire life. Recently, my wife got a job offer teaching music at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. I was also lucky enough to find a job at Timrod Elementary School teaching music. Within a few days we packed up all our belongings, crammed them into my mom’a garage, and headed south for a completely unexpected adventure. To say I was nervous was an understatement. Fortunately, we’ve been greeted with a lot of kindness and true southern charm that is in full effect. I haven’t had the chance to play much guitar, but I’m excited to get back in the groove and find some new venues. It’s still hard to believe we’re here, but I feel like it happened for a reason. An unforeseen force has most certainly brought us south and we are loving the calmer lifestyle. I’m hoping that this sudden change inspires some new tunes and some new adventures!
I was surprised to receive a banjo this past Christmas. Honestly, I was nervous about the responsibility that comes with learning a new instrument. I had a tough time getting used to the banjo-especially restringing it! Since then, I’ve pulled together a nice collection of banjo tunes. Some songs are instrumental and some are singer/songwriter with banjo instead of the usual guitar. I installed an EMG pickup on my banjo and it sounds fantastic!
Anyhow, the awesome staff at Kitchen On Cary (weekly gig on Thursday from 5:30-8:30) encouraged me to start playing banjo as part of my gig. The reception has been great and I can’t thank them enough for embracing and encouraging the idea. The banjo takes me to a happy, humble place. The comments I’m receiving from both staff and patrons have earned the banjo a permanent slot on Thursdays.