Category Archives: Music

Dream Theater Rocks Albany

Dream Theater Rocks Albany

It was a full day of guitar for me. First, I played guitar for my church (Terra Nova) in our morning service. Then I went to the John Petrucci clinic that afternoon. And I JUST got back from the Dream Theater concert in downtown Albany. I have to say it was a good day. The [...]

John Petrucci in Albany

John Petrucci in Albany

John Petrucci, a guitar master and prog-rock genius playing for the band Dream Theater, will be giving a clinic in Albany, NY this weekend while his band is in town doing a show… a show which I have tickets to. The clinic will be at Trick Shot Billiards [map] – right behind Parkway Music – [...]

Hundred Monkey Theory – FINAL CONCERT!

Hundred Monkey Theory – FINAL CONCERT!

Hundred Monkey Theory is calling it quits, but is going out with a bang with one last concert at Grace Fellowship on Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm. The evening will be featuring the current band, plus rotating guest musicians who’ve played with HMT throughout the years (including yours truly).

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

So while I was blogging about musical movies (like Once) I thought I’d point out another great flick I saw recently… Walk the Line. This movie revolved around the life story of Johnny Cash and starred Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for the 2005 Academy Award as Best Actor) as Cash and Reese Witherspoon(nominated and won the [...]

Once

Once

I can get easily bored with movies. So much cliché… predictability… canned Hollywood repetition. And – being a musician – I am particularly critical of music-centered stories. That being said… I was delightfully surprised by Once. I think the movie is one of the best independent flicks I’ve seen. I watched it with my wife [...]

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2007

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2007

Last night – for the fifth year in a row – Tami and I saw the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) at Albany’s Knickerbocker Pepsi Times Union Center. This has become a cherished Christmas tradition for me… the TSO music surely graces my car, home, and iPod during this time of year. As always, the show was [...]

Playing Worship Skillfully

Playing Worship Skillfully

I’ve always had a hard spot for mediocrity in church music. For those of you who’ve grown up in churches like I have, you know what it’s like to have the wife of a deacon perform a “special music” piece that contained enough squealing and off-pitch notes to curdle fresh milk. Why did they let [...]

Jump

Jump

While perusing Amazon and YouTube I found some interesting takes on Van Halen‘s classic (some of which involve Diamond Dave himself). YouTube // Paul Anka – Live at the Orange Lounge

What’s In Your iPod?

What’s In Your iPod?

They say someone’s musical selection says a lot about them. (who is this “they”, anyway?!) My iPod contains quite a cornucopia of tunes spanning many genres. My tastes reflect the multiple perspectives I “observe” my music from… and they also somewhat reflect my propensity for electric guitar. Right now, according to iTunes, my 17 most [...]

HMT Playing at Grace – February 2

HMT Playing at Grace – February 2

WHO :: Hundred Monkey Theory WHAT :: concert coffeehouse featuring electric guitar wizardry WHEN :: Friday, February 2, 7:30pm WHERE :: Grace Fellowship Coffehouse, Latham, NY – for directions go here or call 518.785.4595 WHY :: Because you love me and I play guitar in the band… and hey, free coffee and snacks!