So What!

My friend, Kimiko, and I are working on a performance.  One tune we’ll play is “So What!” that appears on Kind of Blue.  As I got into the introduction that Gil Evans wrote, I was ultimately led to Manuel de Falla.  On Sketches of Spain Gil Evans would cop de Falla’s El Amour burho But, what moves me is the intro to So What! that Gil Evans wrote.  It’s exploration in the Dorian mode is a work of art in itself that I feel is worthy of musical expression.  So be it!

Nothing is ForEver Lost

Lost is an illusion of reality.  As Life and Death is an illusion, so be the thoughts and emotions of loss.

If you have ever lost your key, your money or your friendship, the pangs of pain you feel bring sadness. But, upon finding you key, your money or the restored friendship, happiness and joy and relief from anxiety wraps your awareness in relief.

The question is: Did you actually loose anything?  Answer: No! You thought you did, just as I have. In fact, the object, the money or the friendship was hidden.  Some might say, “misplaced.” But, more likely, you’ll find the key, the money, the letter or whatever under something that was absently placed on top of it. That has been my experience.

Clean up enough stuff, throw away the useless papers cluttering your desk, and there it is!  Under the junk mail. Of course, there are instances when something is dropped and “lost.”  But, it’s not truly lost, either.  It is your control of it that has been lost due to it being actually misplaced (not where you intended it to be, whether by inadvertence or missed direction).

Perhaps, nothing … absolutely nothing … is ever truly lost … even Life itself. It is simply in another place or the place where it was left, waiting to be discovered and used again. That place is called Hope, Faith and Love.


Today … this afternoon finds me visiting my mother-in-law at her senior living community dining room. I’ve played music for the seniors on several occasions.

Visiting is an important activity. Doing so reminds me of the moments end games of life. It inspires respect for those who are here who came before me and who, in all likelihood, will leave before me and you.

Happy New Year to all  who have made it this far.

Be sure to check the rehearsal tab on site.






2015 – Every Day Begins a New Year

Is there really anything else to say:  Celebrate it!

Somewhere, years ago, when I truly wasn’t playing regularly, there was an opportunity to jam with some musicians at a coffee house.  I believe it was in Mountain View.

A young person gave me a sketch made.  I found it about 13 years ago, after my wife of 27  years died and I was cleaning stuff up.  I think the sketch was a premonition as I didn’t know I’d truly play again.

Fly on into the New Year, moment by moment!


I must say that it’s good to have the ability to scan and save, as the sketch was almost destroyed.  Thanks PAM (whomever and wherever you are)!

RIP Richard B. Wagnon

During a time of change in the U.S., (desegregation), some men were outstanding in their leadership, inspiration and unbiased fairness.  Mr. Richard B. Wagnon was a great trumpet player and, at one moment, the Band Director at Santa Monica City College (as it was then called). He was one of the Outstanding whom I’ll always remember, and who helped me grow immensely as a person (and musician).

RIP, Dick. The band plays on.

SMCC Mr. Wagnon 1963

Mr. Wagnon is easily recognized.  We won second place in the Junior Rose Bowl band competition in 1963.  But, does anybody recognize Tim Wiseberg?  😉

Below is a copy of a news article concerning the band in 1963 as provided by CDNC (California Digital Newspaper Collection):  For additional articles on their web site do a Search from their Home page.

Corsair Band, Coronettes Place In Pre-Jr. Rose Bowl Parade

Eighty-five and seventy are the magic numbers when it comes to spearheading school spirit and winning awards for Corsairville. The numbers represent the 85-member Corsair band, and the 70-member Coronettes drill team. Garnering awards is nothing new to the college band, which proved its musical proficiency Saturday by marching away with the second place award in the annual pre-game parade at the Junior Rose Bowl match in Pasadena. Over the last five years, the band has participated in the Junior Rose Bowl parades and never placed lower than third. Last year, and in 1959, the band placed first in open competition. Defending their championship against 20 bands from three states, the baud Saturday played “American, We.” The Corsairs were judged on musicianship, marching, showmanship, and inspection of instruments and uniforms. As an “auxiliary unit,” 11 members of the Coronettes’ drill team provided “additional flash for showmanship,” according to band director, Robert Zachman. The band had spent one and a half months preparing for Saturday’s competition, said Zachman. Part of their practice was appearing in the Huntington Beach parade, in which they won the first place award. At last year’s televised Pro Bowl game, the Corsair band and Coronettes won further praise when the Los Angeles Times called their half-time performance “the best musical since the Greek Theater closed,” according to Mrs. Kay T. Crawford, Coronettes director. The band again appeared on television last summer when it performed on the Vic Damone “Lively Ones’ program. The band, which will appear at the Pro Bowl game in the Coliseum on January 12, is “larger than most junior college bands,”  while Coronettes is the “largest junior college drill team in the nation,” according to Mrs. Crawford. “1001 Nights” and the “African Safari” show, two examples of the programs that the band and drill team present, are “100 per cent original,” as are the rest of the shows, according to Mrs. Crawford.

SMCC BAND PLAYS AT JR. ROSE BOWL—The 85-member Corsair band is shown performing in Saturday’s Junior Rose Bowl pre-game parade in Pasadena. The Bucs garnered the second place award.