Memories of good Sax

March 27, 2012

I went out front to take pictures of my Dogwood tree blooming. It was a beautiful, cloudless day. The sun was low but not yet going down. As I started taking close-ups of the flowering petals, a sound drifted to me on the slight breeze…sounds…like…Jingle Bells?

Somewhere, close by in the neighborhood, a young music student was practicing his or her Saxophone outside.

What memories that sound recalled. As a kid, I had long arms and the music teacher suggested I play the trombone. I did, but I was always a bit envious of my brother who chose the clarinet, which led him to the saxophone. I remember going out into my front yard and blasting that silly horn. Playing the theme from M.A.S.H., and yes, probably Jingle Bells. The memory makes me smile. I should call my brother. Tell him I’m thinking of him. I hope he doesn’t mind I’m using his picture.

Sax Player '78

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Funk Ark

February 26, 2011

Funk Ark is a local “World Funk” band whom I’ve had the pleasure to see a few times around town. Last night they played a show at the Strathmore Mansion, in North Bethesda. (or south Rockville depending on where you’re from) This show, like their other show’s I’ve been to, was awesome. They’re a great group of musicians having fun and sounding great doing it. If you get a chance to go see them, jump on it!

I’m not a reviewer. So don’t read this as a review. It’s more like a description and suggestion.

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January 7, 2011

Everyone should have one, or even two. I’m talking about a band who’s music moves you. A band who’s stage presence and commitment to giving the audience a good time is unmatched.   The kind of band, that when they come to your town, you rally your friends and make plans to see them…no matter what.

For me, that band is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Think rock n roll, tequila, and cold beer. They write and play music that moves me. Whether at the State Theater in VA or the 8X10 in Baltimore, their shows are amazing, their energy is incredible…and they make time for their fans…

Roger Clyne and Me