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There's a Starman Waiting in the Sky

Like many of you, I heard news of the passing of David Bowie this morning. Now, you surely don't need me to convince you of the Thin White Duke's genius. In an industry where so many mark time with rehashed…
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Taking Forever, Just Like Brian Wilson Did

So, I got a Christmas card from my best friend telling me, "Santa knows what you did, and he's pissed." To which he added, "Actually, he's pissed because of what you didn't do: release the album! C'mon, Brian Wilson
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Weir-d Chord Sequences

A small confession here: I was a teenage Deadhead. I'm now a middle-aged Deadhead. Yes, I possess a modest collection of live shows—first on cassette, these days as mp3s on my laptop. I've seen the Grateful Dead live, but only…
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Pilgrimage III: The Ballad of Emil Lewandowski

For those of you waiting for the final post in my "Pilgrimage" series, I apologize for the long delay. This one is rather late in coming, but it's clearly time.

Aside from his immediate family and, apparently, readers of the…
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Under the Covers

One of the most fun aspects of being a musician is coming up with covers to play. My tastes run toward the esoteric, and lately I've been trying out some of my favourite Guess Who songs. Now, when it comes…
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"Work" of Art

Your friendly neighbourhood indie musician here with a quick update. In September, I need to:
  • Finish mixing my album
  • Spend the remaining money from the grant I received for same
  • Send a completion report with final mixes, lyrics, results ("referencing…
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Harmonica Basics

And I do mean basics, my friends. I'm a raw beginner, but in the course of blowing some serviceable notes on my record and just learning to play guitar and harmonica together, I've discovered a few tips I'd like…

Photographs by Carol Witwicky. Instrument illustrations and GZ logo © 2017 Grinning Zone Studios.
Album and lyrics page artwork © 2017 Gabriel Altrows. Web design by Vern Nicholson.
Sour Landslide and Benvereens archival footage courtesy Neil Whitlock.
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