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.