Thursday, September 28, 2006

Friends of the famous

Today's customer has pictures of themselves with Tony Bennett, Don Rickles, and Ray Charles.

Have you ever wanted to be more classy?

I spend a lot of time doing sort of embarassing things for hours and hours on the internet. For instance I'm a blog lurker. This is embarassing both for me and the person I'm lurking. (Lurking is when you read the blog of someone you're not really friends with, or even creepier someone you used to be friends with and sort of want to check up on to make sure they're still not as cool or skinny as you).
Anyway, to make your non-classy internet surfing a little more...classy...go to You can stream it from any music player and it really makes you feel like you're NOT wasting your time looking up rare cartoons from your childhood, reading strange news stories from places you've never heard of, or doing one more google search of your own name (just to see if you've secretly been doing things behind your own back).

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

PianoDisc warehouse burns - News - Six-Alarm Fire Guts Sacramento Warehouse
I always wondered who was really in charge. Posted by Picasa
The piano lab at Cosumnes River College has a big print of my favorite Leonardo picture in it.
They are doing Urinetown at CRC in the spring and I told Steve, the musical director, that I would be available for subbing. He was happy to hear that. I hope I get to play! Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 25, 2006

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A bottle of Best of Broadway wine

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Dave and Dan's masks

From Dave and Dan'...

Just before the last performance of this year's Best of Broadway, I gave Dave and Dan their masks.

Sac Valley RPCV annual meeting

I volunteered to be on the board of the Sacramento Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteer group, and do their newsletter and web site. I haven't done a newsletter in about ten years, so I'm ready to enjoy it again. And maintaining a web site is very little work as long as I don't actually have to write anything.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Between two Starbucks

Marley and Madonna

I tuned a piano at a house where the mother loves Marley and the daughter loves Madonna.
From Marley and Ma...

Hanging show at Espresso Metro

This actually happened on September 2, but Google's photo management program Picasa just got an upgrade including a nifty photo album creator. So here's an album of photos from that day.
Hanging show at Espresso Metro
Sep 2, 2006 - 32 Photos
This is in the home of a customer who teaches ballroom dancing. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 21, 2006

We had a neighborhood watch meeting at our house tonight. We were expecting maybe ten people, but then about twenty-five came. We used absolutely every chair in the house. One of the neighbors we met was Ginger Fierstein, who is the assistant to my contact for the Foodstuffs illustrations at News & Review! Actually, they just hired her full-time, so I'll be sending my illustrations to her from now on.
She says they love me over there because I'm so fast.
This is my last Foodstuffs illustration (seeing a Mexican seafood place from the highway).

This sticker is on the door to the office of a church where I tuned yesterday.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I finished another saint picture. This one is inside a shadow box.

iPod Nano commercial

Was the iPod Nano commercial below inspired by this famous photo of Picasso?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Aaron the intern

I got an email about playing keyboards for Sweet Charity and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Molly Ringwald is of course from Sacramento originally and even performed in Best of Broadway. Another connection: when I was a sophomore, my high school did Sweet Charity and the star was Lisa Scottoline, now a famous mystery writer.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Water Tower

My mask of Dan Pool. He asked me to do it and pointed out that it would be easy because we have the same shape head (my mask of myself already looks a little like him). Indeed, I used my Mark mask as a starting point for this one.
My mask of Dave MacDonald. I'm going to give it to him after the last show. Then at the cast party I'll take lots of pictures of people standing next to him holding the mask over their face.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

My customer Petra Sullivan has a friend on Vachon Island, Washington state, who hosts a big party every year. Each party has a theme and the hostess does a wonderful flyer every year illustrating the thematic activities. This cover goes with the Drums of Africa party. Posted by Picasa
Last night I gave my talk on business ethics at our tuners' meeting. Here I am explaining the concept of a brain in a vat. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

We went to see Little Miss Sunshine last night and loved it. This picture shows the shiny, spotless, out-of-order popcorn machine at the Tower. Posted by Picasa
This is a nice picture that wasn't used in the magazine article. This will be my head shot forever until I don't resemble it at all anymore. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 11, 2006

Milton Dick dies

I used to play in Milton Dick's big band. He was a much-beloved and -admired band director at Elk Grove High, and had his own band longer than almost anyone. A lot of what he played was kitsch, but he also played the original arrangements of big band classics like "In the Mood," "String of Pearls," and "Moonlight Serenade" (all Glenn Miller, I believe), which no one does anymore. Talking to him and his sidemen was a window into a world long gone.
Read his obitiuary here.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Last night was opening night of the 34th annual Best of Broadway; it was my 13th year. This is Kat Behry, the children's choreographer. She's in her 30s and has been doing the show since she was a teenager. Now her own daughter is in the show too.
At the party afterwards we talked about some of the recent alumni of B of B who are now working in New York: Jennifer Foote (who also went to UCI, Rachel's school) has done several Broadway shows and is now in the ensemble of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Kevin Ankele, formerly our sound guy, is doing pyrotechnics and electrics for the Phantom tour; Geoff something, a former stage manager of B of B, is stage managing shows in New York(currently Lestat); Becky Riker, a B of B and then a Kings dancer, went to New York just this year and has already done an Off-Broadway show and will be on a Christmas tour of the Midwest; Jewel Owens is not dancing any more but is house manager of a Broadway theater (Gershwin?). Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 07, 2006

In Stockton's Fox Theatre, tuning for the "Chicago" tour

Every Saturday, the barista Clay at Espresso Metro fills up the tip jar with water "so no one can steal tips." Today, customer Leslie McFadden (a tuning customer of mine) gave Clay a rubber duckie to put in the water-filled jar. Posted by Picasa
Jennifer got this lizard in Australia. It gets bigger -- MUCH bigger -- when you put it in water. I emailed this picture to Rachel, and she replied:

i'm more interested in that fudge brownie mix in the background. how bigdo you think that would get in water?
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Spirit Ball

Jennifer got this Halloween toy at Raley\'s today while food shopping.

Laura Sherman, the outstanding harpist from the pit of Wicked that I played with in Peter Pan, is currently on tour with Barbra Streisand. I asked her to do a blog of the tour, and if not, then to at least send pictures so I could post them. Her reply:

You're funny. Unfortunately, I can't. We had to sign a confidentiality form. Will have to leave things to people's imagination, I guess.

This is from a high school (!!) production in Southern California this past spring. It's the opening number of Songs from a New World, a musical revue by Jason Robert Brown. (Rachel and I are two of the legion of JRB fans.)

Incidentally, my cousin Chris sent all three of his daughters to this high school.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Jewish-Filipino wedding

Setting up with the John Skinner band before a wedding. The groom was Jewish and the bride Filipino; the ceremony was traditionally Jewish, so she must have converted. During the party, the groom got up on stage with a guitar and sang a song in Tagalog. Half the crowd went wild!