The Chess King

In the summer of 1982, I was eleven years old. For one day, I garnered the unofficial title of Chess King. No one called me that, and it wasn’t even that I was unseated after that day. It just ceased to be relevant, as many things are wont to do amid the breakneck pace kept by young boys at the height of summer. I’d started to learn chess from my old man on the little…

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I’m in awe of what has been taken away

I’ve just read about DHS secret police snatching people off the street in Portland. I also read a letter demanding that they be withdrawn signed by Oregon senators and representatives. A letter. Really? Does one quash a secret police in the United States with a letter? I doubt that would be my first choice if I were an elected official whose state was under siege by the damn federal government. When I consider the endeavors…

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Independence Day. We’re on our own.

June was not the month I expected. In one respect or another, I spent the entire month with a toothache. My teeth are crumbling, despite my best efforts to care for them. Due to genetics, as I approach half a century in this life, my teeth are just quitting, cracking. This year, I even lost one that couldn’t be saved. I truly mourn the loss of number 3 and the havoc that the loss wreaked…

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Feeling good about the 20s

What has just concluded is probably the most enjoyable and productive holiday season I can remember. My new year and my new decade are looking promising, largely due to the forming of multiple musical ensembles with which I’ve become involved. These collaborations are expected to provide performance opportunities as well as new records. The order of the day for the foreseeable future will be the creation of charts of my material and learning a whole…

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Try to make the knot unwind

I kept a blog for years. It had hundreds of entries. I thought this mile-high stack of personal essays was a desirable thing for some reason. Strangely, at some point I felt that it was time to retire the thing entirely. There was something about a veritable play-by-play of my psycho-emotional development laid bare that I suddenly wasn’t comfortable with. That was a number of years ago. Lately, I’ve found myself longing for a place…

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