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If I had to choose one season out of the four as my favorite it would be spring. I love the essence of spring, its aroma, its colors. I love the sound of spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), calling out from the pond that lies next to my wife’s herb garden. It’s such a grandiose time, new life is sprouting everywhere. Spring rejuvenates my soul. I’m always amazed by the transformation from the browns and grays of winter, to the sharp contrasting yellows, reds, and whites of spring.

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It might seem depressing when you think about everything that’s going on outside our little slice of real estate; the missing Malaysian jet, Russian aggression, and who knows what else? But the seasons never notice any of it. Trees still leaf out in spring, perennial flowers creep to life, and my grass will keep me busy mowing for the first few weeks of warm weather. And that’s what helps keep me grounded, that and music. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t plant a flower or pick an old guitar every once in a while.


If I were a collector of sorts, it’d be hard to choose what I would want to collect most: new and rare flowers or new and rare guitars.


I’d be okay with either. As long as I can still smell and hear spring!

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Mandolin Whiskey

My band, Mandolin Whiskey, formed a little over a year ago. It’s still going through birthing pains but for the most part, has remained strong and viable in the local music scene.

I’ve been pluckin a guitar for the better part of my 56 years, and have played in a number of bands. But MW is closest to an actual “child of mine” than any other band I’ve been associated with. And this summer, 2012, is one that finds us performing most every weekend. I guess that means we’re doing something right, but it also means that I’m feeding off what our audience is experiencing at our gigs.

It’s no secret that musicians feed off energy emitted by live audiences, and that energy is like a drug, and I’m addicted to it.

Thanks to all the fans of our music! I do it for you!!

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