My Pedal Board, Part Two
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My Pedal Board, Part Two

On three out of the last four Mondays I’ve taken a walk down “memory lane” and revisited my guitar setup from my playing days. I started with my guitar, then followed up with my amplifier, and last week I started with the gadgets in between–my pedals. I thought about listing them chronologically, but while I … Continue reading

My Amp
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My Amp

Purchased in 1983, during my senior year in high school, the Roland Cube Chorus 60 was both my practice and performing amp for the next ten years. It’s a 60 watt amplifier with a very nice solid-state overdrive, a three-spring reverb tank, and a sweet chorus effect made famous by the earlier JC-120. It is a … Continue reading

My Guitar
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My Guitar

I got my guitar out for the first time in years. It’s a 1984 Ibanez Roadstar II—like the one on the right, but with a few dings after thirty years. I bought it the summer after I graduated from high school with all the money I had saved working a miserable retail job in the … Continue reading

The Music of Language
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The Music of Language

Sometimes soft, sometimes harsh. Sometimes melodious, sometimes discordant. Language is music, and music is language. I learned this as a performer and composer, and I learned it again a writer. Listen not just to the meaning, but to the texture and the rhythms. Hear how together they create a counterpoint. A polyphony of images produced … Continue reading