“Infinite Potential” cover art

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I’m excited to be able to give you a sneak preview of Infinite Potential by The Auto Body Experience. It’s the band’s fifth record, and my first with the band.  I’m especially excited because we began recording in early 2009!  I think the long process has been totally worth it, though.  Besides, bandleader Scott Yoho has hardly been dilly dallying.  The other thing that happened in early 2009 was the birth of his second son.  (For a beautiful portrait of their relationship, buy the record and listen to track 7.)

The release party isn’t until August 5, but Scott said I could post an image here ahead of time.  I think it’s helpful to see the junkyard full of cars along with the album title, which is a bit of a sleeper.  (For an explanation of the word sleeper, buy the record and listen to track 8.)

Finally, I’ll stop with the teasers and say that a preview of the record itself, in the form of track 9, is available here on my recordings page.  I included this track, “Wound Too Tight”, because it’s the one where I got to play with the most toys.

On the road to Asheville

Hit the road yesterday afternoon.  Traveling to Asheville NC for my dad’s memorial service.  He passed away May 14 at my younger brother Jim’s home in Cary NC and we delayed the funeral to allow extended family time to make travel arrangements.

In Madison WI this morning.  Arrived last night in a rented black Nissan Rogue, met up with my older brother Paul, got him some clothes for the funeral.  We are driving to Lancaster KY today, where T and Diana live.  T is a first cousin and honorary brother.

Last night I asked Paul if we should go via downtown Chicago.  He was up for it. “Kennedy Expressway!  If you think you can handle this car.”

Nichole Carey sings at Pride

My good friend and chanteuse Nichole Carey will be singing at Pride!

Nichole Carey at Twin Cities Pride
Sunday June 26
1:00 pm
Loring Park
1382 Willow St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Nichole sez:  “I’m singin at Pride ya’ll! Come on down to Loring Park at the Rainbow Stage and join me in celebrating some Twin Cities Pride and all the fabulousness that goes along with it. I’ll be doing some great numbers by some amazing artists like; David Bowie, Patsy Cline, Carole King, and more! Let your freak flag fly with me and let’s get our groove on. Woot!”

I’m sad that I have to miss this shindig.  I was supposed to be joining Nichole on stage but will be in North Carolina with my own family, celebrating the good and long life of my dad.  Nichole, knock ’em dead and consider yourself hugged at 12:59 on Sunday!

Monday Music Madness

“Monday Music Madness” was the featured concert at this year’s convention of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), on the evening June 13 at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN.

It was a cabaret-style event with student artists.  I played piano and organ and pretended to be in charge.  We had James Towns on bass, Beth Varela on drums, Cheri Sykes on guitar.  Vicky Mountain sat in on vocals for a few tunes too.

Loved loved loved Anna Quirk’s rendition of “Gimme Gimme” and was especially proud of my own student Tony Zuchora-Walske, who played  his own tune, “Fever Polka”, written while he was at home from school with an actual fever.

Last day of school, first blog post

Last day of school for many, and last day of lessons for me until June 27.  Looking forward to “Monday Music Madness” (MMM) at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) annual convention, June 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West.

Wow, that’s a lot of M’s.  Stay tuned for more about MMM.

This is also my first post on WordPress.  Switching my website over from “another provider” who served me well.

 

This shot is from the green room at the Ritz in northeast Minneapolis, during Collide Theatrical Dance Company’s production of Dracula in March.  Rush and Renee brought in “Dracula donuts”.  Creepy or silly?

Doug and Collide Dracula donuts