Love giving of my time to my community
Oakshire Beer Hall 5013 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97218
My first paying gig in 7 months had me performing for residence at a nursing home in Beaverton, Oregon on Tuesday, September 22. I was hooked up via a bluetooth headset/mic that was connected to a small bluetooth speaker that a nurse would take from room to room so the residents could hear me.
Some of the sweetest smiles and reactions I’ve ever received took place. Residence would sing along in their chairs or beds, some of them grooving as best they could. Some of the best 90 minutes I’ve had during these Covid days.
This Saturday afternoon I’ll be playing some of my originals along with cover tunes at the Rose City Food Park (5235 NE Sandy Blvd) from 2:30-4pm. The weather looks great and so should the food. Stop on by – I’d love to see you.
I’ve added a number of new followers to my web site recently, and I wanted to welcome you and thank you for being interested in what I do musically.
Back in August of 2012, I released, “In Those Days.” Eight original songs that reflect a wide aspect of my musical tastes, genre and storytelling. Described as songs of love, life, family and faith.
I also enjoy creating instrumental songs such as “Goodbye.” A contemplative solo keyboard piece that has been in my musical tool kit for over 30 years. And new songs like, “Sabbath.” Incorporating an intense, emotional connection with the listener.
“Stone of Grief,” tackles the often misunderstood subject of grief and healing from trauma. Many have good intentions, but often times they ignorantly cause harm to the person facing the challenges of recovery. This is a deeply personal song for me.
But, I also have a playful side. “I Love My H-2-O,” is a testimonial of my love of drinking water.
Thanks for checking in and take a look around.
Back in late June, I was on the coast in Manzanita, performing mainly originals and some cover tunes at The Hoffman Center. Intimate and responsive crowd. Sold some CDs, too. I was joined on stage for Elton John’s, “Love Song,” by long time friend, Sher Ireland.
So yeah…things are groovin’!!
This Friday evening, April 17, I’ll be at Cellar 55 in Vancouver, WA., from 7-9pm. Playing tunes from Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac and many others. I may throw in an original or two as well.
End your long work week and begin your weekend at Cellar 55.
Many a great moment at tonights gig at Cellar 55 in Vancouver. But none sweeter than it’s final moments. Our last song was the classic by Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah.” A request. With our acoustic guitars, Jeff Haagenson sat upon a stool adding some tasty licks, while I led the song. With each passing chorus it got sweeter and sweeter. The reason? We had a group of choir members from Columbia Presbyterian Church in attendance. By the time we reached the final chorus we went a cappella and it sounded the sweetest of all. One of those sacred moments in a performance that was serendipitous.
My appreciation to Jeff Haagenson for his talent and friendship. To the staff at Cellar 55, you treat musician’s with respect and you pay us. Thank you.
I’ll keep you informed the next time I’ll be at Cellar 55. No doubt, Jeff and I will return together.
This Friday evening at Cellar 55 in Vancouver, WA, I will be joined by my H-Duo partner Jeff Haagenson.
Jeff and I have played in a full band together for nearly 13 years and off and on as a duo. I invited Jeff to join me this Friday to resurrect some of our favorites we haven’t played in awhile. Our set list includes: Jason Mraz, Hall & Oates, Ingrid Michaelson, Train, Bruno Mars, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, along with some original blues instrumentals and whatever else comes to mind. Each of us will also take turns doing some solo stuff, as well.