I am an ex-guitar teacher

Every time I say it out loud, I feel more free. “I am an ex-guitar teacher.” I feel as though I finally own it! I had been saying that since summer this year, but it has taken my six months to finally own it. After a teaching career that spanned nearly 20-years, it was time […]

Relearning the value of saying no

Say no unless it is a “hell yeah” I had the good fortune of meeting fellow Berklee alumnus Derek Sivers in Hong Kong about a decade ago. For those who don’t know who Derek is, he founded CDBaby.com. I read his blog post (linked below) on this topic back then and bumped into this idea again […]

End of an Era (TWR)

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, I returned theweeklyriff.com, .net, and .org, back in to ether known as the world wide web. Yes, after 11 years, the journey is finally over. Am I sad? No. I had made my peace with the closure of the business back in 2017. When I initialized closure procedures in 2015, […]

Good bye Kitarakellari

“All good things must come to an end” After two years with Kitarakellari, it is time to bid farewell. I left a week ago. Initially, I wasn’t going to write about my departure, but then I decided that I probably should write something in my blog since a pretty big part of my life over […]


Ctrl+Alt+Del=Time for Change It has taken a year for me to prepare myself for this, but it is time to reset things. Between being human and putting things off out of reluctance, and prioritizing the needs of those around me after I learned to walk again, it is time to shift things. I have been […]

I’m in a Band (November 2018)

A NEW BAND I have joined a band as a bassist. It is not a professional project, just for fun with a couple of guys. We have yet to name the project. It is a blues/rock based covers project, though we will probably be doing some of my own music from the “Outside Looking In” […]

Update (August 2018)

The Unexpected Accident Right at the start of summer, on June 9, 2018, to be exact, I broke my ankle in two places. This was supposed to be a summer of action and I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish. However, I got operated on and they installed 9 screws permanently […]

Kitarakellari Blues in A

I recently released a tune on the Kitarakellari Oy YouTube channel called “Kitarakellari Blues in A”. This is a tune I have had for sometime and it was originally titled “Lucky Nucky”. Sort of an ode to the character of Enoch Malachi “Nucky” Thompson from the hit TV-series “Boardwalk Empire”.  I figured I would just […]

New Job: Kitarakellari + some other updates

New Job: Kitarakellari I’ve returned to teaching after a two year hiatus from teaching. I started working at Kitarakelari on September 1, 2017. Kitarakellari is a small guitar shop in Kauniainen, Finland, that was established in 2012, and is located in a cellar. (Kitara = guitar and kellari = cellar) Please feel free to drop […]

My love for Soundgarden and Chris Cornell

Rest in Peace Chris Cornell Much of the internet is abuzz today with news of the sudden passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. As I sit here trying to make sense of this news, I am going to pour my sadness out here on to my blog. I don’t normally cry when my […]