A Scottish Excursion: August 2022

I recently took my first all-by-myself vacation: a 10-day trip to Scotland. It was a blast, it was epic, and it was…a LOT of walking! Here are the highlights… Part 1: Edinburgh I spent the first three nights in Edinburgh. My apartment was next to Holyrood Park, which is an incredible park near the center … Read more

Extreme Imagination Conference

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Extreme Imagination conference, which is put on by the Aphantasia Network and is dedicated to the study of aphantasia and hyperphantasia. I’m really excited to learn more about what’s going on w/ this burgeoning field of research, and to connect w/ other artists who are variously on this … Read more

Epiphone ES-335 Figured in Blueberry Burst (new in box on kitchen counter)

Welcome to the family.

I am not a patient human. I woke up having a dream about a guitar part that required a hollow body. This was inevitable from that moment on. Also, my first ever guitar was blue. (It was also not nearly as wonderful as this big beautiful blue bastard.)

Joined the Arts Alive! Board!

I’m thrilled to have been asked to join the board of the formidable, cool, and formidably cool local arts service organization, Arts Alive!! (This sentence has two exclamation points because one belongs to the organization’s name, and one belongs to my enthusiasm for the organization.) I’ll be serving at least through 2022. Arts Alive! is … Read more

Alison's Yamaha U3

The piano in its natural environment

New-to-me Yamaha U3 is in FULL EFFECT! Funny, it looks like it’s been there all its life. I’m absolutely thrilled with it so far. My main complaint: it sounds like it should play like a grand, and of course, it doesn’t. That said, I’m SO enjoying the feel of it, esp. for songwriting and classical … Read more