Trish Murphy

Rubies On The Lawn

July 26th, 2009

Not too long after I moved from Austin to Nashville in late 1996 I ran across an album titled Crooked Mile by Trish Murphy. It was an independently released CD that had caught the attention of someone at the label I was working for, Koch Records. I was doing A&R for Koch at the time so I was given the task of finding out more about Murphy. A Texas singer-songwriter, this was her first real album (she’d released an independent, six song cassette titled Driving Home in 1995). Though I … [more]

La Carte Fidélité

French “Carte Fidélités”

June 20th, 2013

In Nashville most of the grocery stores have little store “cards.” They are the size of a credit card, though everyone also has smaller versions which you can add to your keychain. They’re free and when you check out, if you give them your card to scan, you qualify for any discounts or sales that may be happening. Without the card, you don’t get the sale price or discount on anything. Turns out that France is no different. I noticed the other day, while shopping for groceries at the local … [more]

Col de la Lombarde

Col de la Lombarde

June 22nd, 2013

The “cols” which get most of the attention in France are those in the Northern Alpes (Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, etc.). However, if you are cycling in the Alps do not overlook the cols in the southern part of the mountain range. The Col de la Lomarde is a great example. The climb begins in the beautiful little mountain village of Isola along the Tinée River in the Tinée valley. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Nice. It’s a wonderful climb with gorgeous scenery all the … [more]

Eze, France


December 22nd, 2013

Eze is one of my very favorite French villages. It lies just a few short kilometers outside of Nice and I have visited it on a variety of occasions. It was the first “village perché” (perched village) I ever found in France and it just totally blew me away with its small, narrow, winding, steep stone streets and pathways. Carole and I first visited Eze in the mid 1990s on one of our trips to MIDEM. We took the bus from Nice and spent an afternoon exploring the little town. … [more]

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

August 31st, 2009

I’ve successfully updated the first of my three Mac computers to Snow Leopard with no issues (so far). Snow Leopard was released on Friday, August 28th. I ordered my copy directly from Apple because they said it would ship to arrive on the 28th. The FedEx delivery man handed it t me and said, “Not sure what this is, but I’m delivering the same package all over town today, there are tons of them.” I told him it was the new Apple operating system and that I wasn’t surprised. He … [more]


Anthony Weiner

September 12th, 2009

I saw Anthony Weiner on Real Time With Bill Maher last night (September 11, 2009). Though I try to stay current on politics and watch a fair amount of politically orientated TV (Morning Joe, Rachel Maddow, Hardball, Countdown With Keith Olbermann) this is the first time I’ve run across Congressman Weiner. Very impressive guy. The discussion mostly centered around health care and I have to say, Weiner was one of the best proponents I’ve heard yet. The Democrats really need to get this guy out there on the talk shows … [more]

Greg Droman

Greg Droman Website

October 14th, 2010

He’s a well known audio producer, engineer, mixer and more who has worked with an amazing list of artists, including Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill and many others. Greg Droman’s new websites gives him his first ever presence on the web. He joined his first band at the age of twelve and has been in love with music and music production ever since. He played in Joe Walsh’s band, touring the U.S. and Japan before moving to L.A. where … [more]

Walter Wilkison

My Dad In England circa 1955

September 13th, 2009

I was born in London, England in 1955. My dad was serving in the military and was stationed at a base near London for several years in the mid-fifties. He was there on his own for a little while and then my Mom joined him at some point. We lived there until just after my first birthday, so I really have no memories of it. This is a photo I found of my dad standing next to a car somewhere near where we lived. It’s dated “Aug 10″ on the … [more]


New Website

March 28th, 2011

Well, I’ve finally got it all together and up. It’s been awhile since I revamped by personal website. Way too long in fact. I’ve actually been working on this for quite some time, I just haven’t been able to find the spare time and/or concentration to actually do everything I wanted to do. Not only have I completely redone the design, I’ve also gone through the individual entries and recoded almost everything. This site is built completely in WordPress. I designed a new custom theme and because many of the … [more]