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Look! Heaven!

Hi everyone,   A memory for you. . . I’m nine years old. I’ve spent the night at my best friend’s house. We wake up early because today is the very last day of third grade. His mom, notoriously frugal, feeds us scrambled eggs on toast. I am shocked that we’re not...

Song Story: Best That You Can

It was a spring weekend. I spent the days hiking Zion National Park, and the evenings playing concerts with my good friend and Native flutist Mark Holland.   But it was Mother's Day weekend, and I was missing my wife and kids.   I was also thinking about my...

Song Story: Daredevil Hill

My final year of Cub Scouts, going for my Webelos badge, was a tough year. Dad had lost his corporate job, which put him in the position of having to work a million smaller jobs in order to make ends meet. Eventually, he took a short-term job out of town. It was tough...

Dysfunctional Family

All I can say about this song is that it’s not about my family. It’s not about your family. It’s about other people’s families. You know the ones I’m talking about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5hsEZM-YkE   Dysfunctional Family We went and took these photos...

Life Is More

I was reading an essay by the columnist Anna Quindlen, and a single line stopped me in my tracks. I remember the quote being (though I can’t find it a second time), “Life is a circle and not a line.” Whether or not that’s what she said, that’s what I remember, and it...

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