Archive for 2003-02


02003-02-28 @ 22:02

Do U like chocolate?

I recently discovered Mack Domori’s Dark Chocolate from Italy and it is the best chocolate I have ever tasted!

My favorite flavors are Blend #1 and Break.

In Santa Fe Domori is available at Whole Foods.

Chef Suicide

02003-02-27 @ 22:02

I found the following news item today:

One of France’s most celebrated chefs has apparently committed suicide after his flagship restaurant was downgraded in a top restaurant guide. Bernard Loiseau was found dead at his country home, a hunting rifle by his side. His death came a week after the renowned GaultMillau restaurant guide cut its rating for his Cote d’Or restaurant in Burgundy.

Bernie, man, you shouldn’t take critics THAT seriously! Trust me, if they could cook they wouldn’t write about cooking!

The Santa Fe Sessions

02003-02-25 @ 22:02

Today our new album The Santa Fe Sessions was released. If you checked out Higher Octave Music?s web site ( you may have seen that the album was on their home page. If you clicked on the button for more info you would have been taken to a page that gives you more information about the album and showed a track listing…..the first song on the track list was a true gem called ?(Don?t ya wanna) Jam? and it was the ONLY song you could actually listen to…….Don?t know what that is, actually. It sounds like total crap, I think. It is most certainly NOT something that I would have anything to with. OK, honestly….who made bets on that song? Who thought that I could create something like that? Shame on you!
Was it the web master who put in a filler and forgot to remove it when the site when live? Was it a hacker that placed the song there? Was it a cosmic convergence?

Convenience : Quality

02003-02-20 @ 22:02

Portability and ease appear to be much more important to all of us than listening to the highest quality of sound. We all seem to enjoy mp3 players EVEN THOUGH the sound quality is usually less than that of a CD. And MUCH less than the sound of DVD Audio or any other new audio format.

Maybe we don’t care to have a special listening room in our apartment or house JUST so we can properly listen to surround sound.

Imagine this if you will: You go to a party in a fancy house. The living room has a great surround sound system. It sounds great just about in the middle, where the coffee table is. But if you walk to the back of the room, all you hear is the reverb, echo and other effects that the surround speakers usually pump out.

I don’t know anybody who has DVD Audio….well I knew a man at Epic Records a few years back who had one of seven existing DVD Audio players in his office. He told me it sounded great….aside from him I don’t know a single person who has bought him/herself a system like that.

No, we enjoy our portable mp3 players because we can carry 1,000 or 4,000 tunes with us – there is bound to be a sound in there for the mood we are in!!! We enjoy listening to mp3s at home because we can instantly create playlists for a dinner party and don’t have to worry about the music……

I think for now it is clear that portability and ease win over shear sound quality…


02003-02-19 @ 22:02

I read today that this year’s Grammy presenters and performers will receive iPods, the popular mp3 player made by Apple. How’s that for irony? The artists will get mp3 players when the RIAA is claiming that file-sharing is responsible for the decline of the music industry. (That I think the RIAA is wrong is neither here nor there…)

Copy Protection

02003-02-18 @ 22:02

Sometime soon our music will only be available from our web site or at our concerts. Here is what you can expect:

1. No bone on the CD package – that’s the incredibly sticky thing at the top of the jewel case that you break your fingernails on…….I hate those things!

2. No copy protection encryption…because I think you should be able to burn a CD copy for your car and another for your walkman…- but don’t burn copies for your whole neighborhood because that’s called pirating!

3. No encryption that prevents you from listening to a music CD in your computer (some of the latest music CDs don’t allow that) or to rip an mp3 file….

So there…

Red wine is good 4 U!

02003-02-17 @ 22:02

If U drink at least 2 glasses of red wine per day you are 44% less likely to suffer a cold. U will also reduce your long-term risk of heart attack by 50% because wine has a positive effect on the composition of fats in your blood. And the tannic acid found in red wine has antioxidant properties and according to a study by the Cardiff University in the UK can prevent herpes. The ideal intake of wine is estimated at 0.3 Liter for women and 0.4 Liter for men – basically half a bottle….

The Mystery of Picasso

02003-02-12 @ 22:02

“The Mystery of Picasso” is on DVD at last! I saw this movie, which I believe was declared a national treasure of France many years ago in an art film theater in Boston. The movie was made in 1955 and the DVD is available at and other DVD outlets. If you want to see what GENIUS looks and moves like you should watch this! I especially love the very last segment….

Simply Baroque

02003-02-11 @ 22:02

I can’t stop listening to these 2 CDs: Yo-Yo Ma and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra: Simply Baroque and Simply Baroque 2

On the Verge

02003-02-10 @ 22:02

I feel on the verge of something. Something musical. Disparate sounds which don’t connect properly yet, but are starting to float around in the brain soup in and out of my awareness. I recognize this feeling as I know it well. It is exciting.


02003-02-08 @ 22:02

Can’t put the new William Gibson book “Pattern Recognition” down. I love his writing style, especially the descriptions of the city landscape. Always fun to recognize his landmarks in London, New York and Tokyo. He is one of the few writers who makes me hear imaginary music when I read his books.

Frogs and Hot Water

02003-02-07 @ 22:02

My birthday was last week and what I thought about most of the week is this:

When a frog is dropped into a pot with hot water – it jumps out immediately (almost?) unharmed….but if it is put into a pot of cold water which is then heated slowly it will stay in the pot and boil to death because it can’t tell when it is getting too hot until it is too late……
That scientific fact seems like such an apt description of the human condition as well. If life takes a turn for the worse slowly, just a lit bit at a time….when do we decide to act or make a change? I find this a most difficult question….


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