Stratocasters, Tattoos, and Poker-Playing Grandmas

I played a Fender Stratocaster today.OK, well “played” may be too strong a word here, but I strummed a chord. An actual chord that my little fingers created on the fretboard from memory. And it sounded good....more

Song of the Season [Autumn] - Music Video

We love watching and admiring beautiful flowers but, how often do we notice what the leaves have to offer? Probably, we notice leaves more as an edible stuff and less as a thing of beauty. Autumn is the time to shift our attention to leaves. I consider Autumn as nature's canvas emphasizing vibrancy of leaves. ...more

News from the Bench- Bracelets for Local Songwriters Titchner-Scott

 Bekki and Mark Titchner, of Titchner-Scott, commissioned two cuffs from SDAJ stamped with not a mantra, verse or quote but, a song line and title track,  In dreaming I need nothing, from their upcoming album, I Dream...more

Paul Revere May be Gone, but the Music Lives On

Paul Revere, leader of the good old ‘70s rock ’n’ roll band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died last weekend.Wow. I remember the Raiders' wacky Colonial outfits with the three-cornered hats, and their smiling faces. We used to groove along with them on the TV show “Where the Action Is.”Their music was uplifting and had a great beat; it boosted your mood and made you tap your feet.And I still remember the lyrics to their biggest hits… Have been singing “Kicks,” “Hungry” and “Good Thing” for days since I read the sad news....more

How to Make a Guitar Shelf

Note: Once you finish reading through this lengthy post, you may feel a burning desire to make your own shelf. Before you do, though, please read the post I wrote on what I would do differently if I had to do this project again. Learn from my mistakes!...more

MTV Video Music Awards Inspired Cocktails

I’m not sure what could top last year’s rowdy performance from Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards – but I’m excited to find out.Next Sunday, I’ll be watching while sipping specialty drinks for each song that’s nominated for Video of the Year, thanks to the models-turned-mixologists who helped me create the perfect do-it-yourself recipe for each themed cocktail....more

Road Trip or Chilling? Your Weekend Playlist

 It’s Friday again and that means 'get your groove on'. This weekend I'm going on a road trip to the river, which means I want a chill-sing-out-loud-gender-friendly playlist. Hope you love our 'road trip playlist' full of  sweet tunes.1. Riptide - Vance Joy...more

Raising a Rock Star

Why Musical Notes are Just As Important as the ABCs

Mabel found the piano. It was in the same place it’s always been: the living room. And it was in plain sight, although years back it was moved from one side of the room to the other side of the room, inching closer and closer to the basement door, its eventual resting place among the dust and cobwebs of the lowest level. Occasionally, I’d walk past and pull the cover over the keys, recently exposed after Mabel played an old recital song on a whim. But, in general, unless Marge came for a visit, the old spinet sat upright and forgotten....more

September Heat Wave Playlist

Summer Ain’t Over Until The Heat Comes DownThe weekend is finally here, back in school is back, and the next holiday to look forward to is Halloween. So, lets get this weekend rockin’ with some cool jams to keep cool-minded. If you are in Southern California this weekend it’s supposed to be a hot one....more