Summer Jams and Learning New Music

Rene at DUMBO studio 14July2016

It’s been over eight months and I am still finding my way to getting a band, recording, performing back on track. I’m not complaining, just stating the facts. I have been playing with two bands that are doing completely different music. I have learned a lot about playing covers, when NOT to play covers and generally how to balance out volume and sound and tone between so many different types of musical styles. While all of THAT is happening, I am still exploring musical ideas and recording all of those little bit and pieces that may ultimately end up being an actual complete piece of music for my own project. I’m not there just yet… But I know that I am close. My main goal is to find what it is I want to perform and what I intend to say through that performance. This is not about technique or soloing or showing off. It’s about finding my way to a musical expression that will be both enjoyable for me (and my band members) to play and should resonate with my audience. I mean, let’s be real, it’s a show and it’s about doing this in front of an audience. Right? I’ll get there. And when I do, we will have a great time. See you soon.


Yes. That’s my newest toy. It’s a 1994 Les Paul Standard. I cannot properly describe how beautiful it sounds and plays. It’s a rare gem with a TONE that made a lot of people look up in appreciation. 🙂



Red Moon shows and more shows!

And and fun and tours and soooo much blogging to catch up on! I’d better do it soon because it’s time for me to update the darn site again. I’ll be back soon with a lot more and also a “What I did this past summer: European version.” Because that needs to be told. 😀


Up Next:
The Bitter End – Dec 13, 2014 – 10PM

The Bitter End – Jan 16, 2015 – 9PM




Acoustic sets and new music

I’ve been working on an acoustic set for a while now. I’m not going to say much about it because I’m still feeling it out and, really, it’s not my music. The singer/songwriter is doing all the writing and melodies and singing. I’m just helping to flesh it out with chords and rhythms.

One very interesting thing about writing songs and playing them acoustically is that I feel it is very difficult to transition the songs from acoustic arrangement to a live multi-instrument arrangement. So many moving parts and bits and pieces that get added (or removed). The musical arrangements tend to transform into something completely different.

Sometimes, they don’t want to transform. Sometimes the song tells you not to mess with it and you leave it as-is with little embellishment. Because the singer is the emotion, the message, the drama of that song and well, I’m just there following along.