Monthly Archives: February 2006

Winter's Last Snow?

I awoke this morning to white rooftops and the sound of my neighbors scraping windshields. I love it when it snows in Seattle, and it happens just a couple times every winter. Last night’s dusting was even more improbable: I … Continue reading

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Mail From Far Away

It’s always fun to get fan mail, especially from somewhere far away. I received the following email this morning, from a guitarist in Wales, that really sparked my imagination. Thanks for writing, Chris! Hi Rob, My name is Christopher Wood, … Continue reading

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For the past two months, I’ve been meeting with six students every Thursday night for Jam Workshop, the first group lesson I’ve offered as a guitar teacher. Jam Workshop is a chance for guitarists who know basic open chords to … Continue reading

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Customer Service Bluuuues

From the Feb. 6, 2006 New Yorker: I asked people to post caption ideas—here’s my favorite, from Al Scott: “The rest of my band has complaints, too, but their car wouldn’t start.”

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Poll: You Favorite Lyrics

Some people like lyrics, some like a good melody, and some just like the cars, the cars that go boom. I love songs that are poetic. Unusual images startle me, strange phrases or ideas help me see different perspectives, and … Continue reading

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Chord Chart Update

A copious cascade of my cutting-edge chord chart creations… All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret James Blunt – You’re Beautiful – This was the #1 downloaded song on iTunes today. I bet Blunt sings this song to his bank … Continue reading

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