Still trying to come up with the words…….It’s hard.  Real hard. But I guess the one sure way I can begin is by saying this: beyond a shadow of a doubt, Prince was the reason why I wanted to become a musician. I’m going to tell you a story my mom always loves to talk about and, well, I guess it’s time that this part of my history comes out of my closet.  As a five year old I did not take into account in my small mind what exactly Prince was singing about, but his music connected to me. …..more →

The Friday Factor – Lingo – 3/5/2011

Every musician that I’ve met has gone through the same situation in some fashion. We’ve all had those gigs where either the crowd was absent, literally, or was there but didn’t care to watch or take part in the show. We also know that sometimes those nights are some of the best shows or “rehearsals” that the band does, when all preconceptions and predeterminations are tossed aside, and the band just plays and tests the limits of their craft. This show was one of those nights for Lingo. Thanks to “Taper” Steve Kwarten who decided to come out and see …..more →

Keith Emerson 1944-2016

I was deep into my Genesis phase as a kid when my mom came in one day and gave me a copy of Keyboard Magazine. I can’t remember the year of the edition, maybe 1990, but the cover story was about a keyboardist named Keith Emerson. Keith Emerson? The name did not ring a bell in my 14 year-old head, but I went ahead and read the article. I remember it being a very in depth article about this man and how he approached writing music, in particular a song called Eruption, the first of seven parts in his 20-minute …..more →