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A Cool Guy's Cool Kit In Modern Drummer

My old friend Del Westcott, whom I played with in Systematic Chaos, has had his Halloween drum kit featured in the October, 2010 issue of Modern Drummer. If you’re into drums at all, I highly recommend you pick up this issue. If you don’t know Del, you might not give a crap about checking out […]

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The Government’s New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS

According to a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court, it’s perfectly acceptable for agents of the federal government to sneak onto your property at night, stick a GPS tracking device to the bottom of your car, and then proceed to track your every moveā€”all without a warrant. The federal court has ruled that Drug Enforcement […]

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O Jobs, Jobs, Were For Art Thou?

I don’t know if it speaks to the unemployment rate in the Tampa Bay area, but I put in a job application today that I had to make an appointment for. I do believe it’s the first time I’ve ever had to make an appointment to put in an application. I expected the room to […]

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Quran Burning Church Vows To Proceed Without Fire Permit

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service (RNS) Fire officials in Gainesville, Fla., have denied a permit to a church that wants to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, but church officials said they’ll go ahead with the protest that has garnered worldwide attention. Leaders of the Dove World Outreach Center say “Islam is of the Devil” […]

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This Old Dawg & Windhaven

I’ve just wrapped up another version of “This Old Dawg”. This version was done with Windhaven, and features a more acoustic vibe. I’m actually surprised by the results. How is it possible to remove the Rock drum kit and the signature bass line and have a song sound even more powerful? This new version grooves […]

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger Leaving Radio

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the evil harpie of the airwaves, announced on the Larry King Show that she was leaving radio recently. I was surprised to find out that she was still on the air. At this point, hasn’t her audience been reduced to a select clique of Tea Party nutjobs and Right-Wing morons who confuse […]

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Artwork On Facebook

I recently had a revelation concerning my Facebook pages. I have two of them, you know. One is a personal page where I talk to old friend and relatives. The other is an artist page. I’ve always considered the latter to be a music page, and never really approached it in any other way. But […]

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Is Afton Live A Scam? Any Worse Than Venues?

Every band who has a web site, MySpace or ReverbNation page has likely heard from Afton Live. From what I can gather, the company mass e-mails bands, preying upon the younger musicians who are excited about playing anywhere at any time.

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This Old Dawg – Revisited With Windhaven

I’ve been re-working “This Old Dawg” again. This time for Windhaven. We’re going to include it on the upcoming CD, with more than a little acoustic twist. I’m excited about it. The old version of “This Old Dawg” never seemed to work for me. But since I’ve switched that classic bass riff over to a […]

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M.E. Caldwell (novel)

My unfinished novel from the early 1990’s has been re-introduced to the web site. It was never my intention to remove it, but with the half dozen migrations I went through, from server to server to server, somehow it just fell through the cracks among the hundred other tasks that needed to be completed. The […]

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