Sound Check for the Eclipse

I took this shot with my little Fujifilm point and shoot camera, no planning, no special filters, just a point and shoot snapshot. I decided not to make any special effort to get a photo. I just didn’t want to miss the experience of it. I figured there will be a bazillion Eclipse photos better than I could do so I didn’t sweat it.

Some people have said the light was like dusk. I thought of it more like a moonlit night with an extremely bright full moon once my eyes had gotten used to the low light. I noticed it getting darker and darker ... and cooler and cooler about 20 minutes before the totality. 

Traffic where I live was a little higher than normal before the few hours surrounding the Eclipse, but not by much. The heavy traffic was on the nearby Interstate. Other roads leading south and east were the heaviest with traffic on Friday and Saturday. Sunday seemed fairly light going east, but there seemed to be more careless drivers around. I saw more wrecks than usual. The biggest traffic day was Monday after the event. I heard some reports that it took 4 or 5 hours to get from my area to up to the city of Portland. I'm glad I didn’t have to go anywhere. 

I played a music gig the night before the big Eclipse at a farm several miles away from the city. That was fun. Campers had come there from all over the Western US to witness the eclipse. It was cool playing out amongst the trees with a large group of campers. Beautiful place, nice people, very well managed for a private campground as opposed to a public facility. Nice.

My band Di-VERSE-ified, doing a pre-Eclipse sound check.

 I hadn’t thought of it before but “Sound Check for the Eclipse” would be a good name for some kind of Jazzy instrumental collection.  Some people talked about listening to Pink Floyd while watching the Eclipse.  I was listening to some Public Broadcasting System radio out of Salem, so I could hear a live play by play report with sounds of people going "ooooooh" and "ahhh, ooooh, ahhh" as things progressed. 

I don’t know if there is anything to it or not, but it felt like gravity was somehow less with both the sun and the moon in alignment.  It was an amazing sight to see. I couldn’t stop saying “WOW.”  My picture doesn’t do justice to what it actually looked like. I had a strong emotional response and sense of community feeling during the moment of Totality.  I also felt a certain sense of it as if God was saying … “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.”

So yesterday, I started a painting of the Eclipse. I think it’s going to turn out nicely. While viewing the Eclipse directly for those few brief moments I saw that it had both a blue and red kind of aura around the moon like nothing I’ve ever seen before, so I’m going to try a paint that at least in my own impressionistic way. I'll post the image when it's done. 

The Eclipse itself has to be one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen in life. I can certainly see why people feel compelled to chase after these things all over the globe.  I’m glad I was here in the path of Totality, even if just by luck, or maybe some greater plan. Who knows?

I love the concept of so many people just looking up to the heavens and forgetting about all the mess down here on earth. I want to carry that feeling forward and keep a higher focus in my vision. Not ignoring all the troubles on earth but knowing God is really there, and he’s saying to me, “Don’t worry … I’ve got this.”

A Clown's Work ...

In memory of the passing of the great Jerry Lewis. A brilliant comedian, and a great humanitarian. The world is a better place for the time he spent among us blessing us with his antics and his efforts to benefit those suffering from a disease and who without his help would have been unable to help themselves.  Thank you Jerry Lewis for making us laugh with your sense of humor and impeccable sense of timing.

DiVERSEified - "It's all about the VERSE."

Upcoming Events - Summer 2017

I currently have the pleasure of performing with a great group of talented Oregon musicians known as the DiVERSEified Band. It's all about the "VERSE."

This group came together recently and have been working on original material for the past few months. Meeting up to share their passion for creating good music, the material they play is a collection of original songs reflecting a eclectic mix of Rock, Jazz, Folk, and Blues sounds.

They write and play songs about love and life with a distinctive flavor. Featuring Vocals, guitars, violin, keyboard and drums each musician brings a long background of playing with various forms of bands spreading over many years. From Orchestras, to Worship teams, to Rock and Blues bands, to Big Band Jazz to Small Combos and Music Theater.

Jim Bain and Brian Coons are the principle songwriters who both create works of great beauty and sensitivity, as well as Rockin' Rhythm and Blues based tunes. The music is truly DiVERSEified.

Bono & Eugene Peterson | THE PSALMS

This short 20 minute film is a great meeting of the of the minds between Bono of U2 and writer Eugene Peterson who translated the Bible into what is known as "The Message." Both from very different walks of life, these are some remarkable people who continue to make tremendous contributions to our world and to an understanding of the roles art and culture play in our time.
Well worth the time hear and think about ...

New Day of God's Grace

Here's a fresh re-mix of a tune I originally wrote under the title "God's Grace."  I've changed a bit of the production and rebalanced the sound some. Follow the link below to listen to the SoundCloud file. Comments welcome.

Words to Live By ...

Words of Wisdom, A Word to the Wise, Words to Live by ...

Many people are familiar with the poem Desiderata. I first became aware of these words many years ago when transitioning from a child to a young adult.

They are words of wisdom, a survival guide if you will. I have tried to live my life guided by these words, among many others, but these few have been more or less a constant focus for me amidst all the changes that life brings along the way. I love these words. 

There appears to be some debate and discussion over when and where they were first discovered, and who actually wrote them. This 1952 version by Max Ehrmann is just one of the many I have found.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.