Tomorrow begins a four-month stretch (February 1 through May 31) in which I'll have 78 speaking engagements in 20 states.
Monday, 1 February 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, 250 N 5th St, Zionsville, IN
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
I'm told registration is at capacity, but that typically about 15% of registrations are no-shows. So there is still a chance you could attend if you haven't yet registered.
Thursday, 28 January 2016, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Butler University, Lilly Hall, Room 112, 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis IN
Let Me Take You Down: The History of "Strawberry Fields Forever"
"Strawberry Fields Forever" is one of the the Beatles' greatest musical and artistic accomplishments, establishing the Fab Four as a studio band rather than a concert band. This 60-minute presentation will focus on the history and development of "Strawberry Fields" from Lennon's initial conception in September 1966 through its release in February 1967. The program will be supplemented with audio excerpts of early drafts and discarded takes.
I'm always slightly hesitant to blog about my own music. While I have three blogs, they're all dedicated to a specific topic (Beatles, Star Wars, origami) - none of which are my own music. They're much more about analyzing others' music than promoting my own.
But in this case, I have to make an exception. I finally finished my debut album, "Odds 'n' Ends". And it's pretty cool how computer programs can take your files and turn it into a 3D digital proof. Check this out:
Some weeks back, Ray Compton, reporter for Carmel magazine, visited and interviewed me for an article. That article was published in the periodical's January issue, and may be found below.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.