Tired Old Answers

I am tired.   This morning I woke up, and put coffee grounds in the blender instead of the French Press.

This evening, I had a coupon code for a free DVD rental from a kiosk, and it didn’t occur to me that DVD doesn’t mean Blu-Ray when I punched in that I wanted Black Swan; which I never would have gotten except for having the free coupon that expired in a few days … not because it’s not my type of film but because I already saw it twice.

Anyway, so I came home and saw that the rental had been charged to my credit card.
But people have sent me a few questions, and gosh darn it they deserve answers! 😉  So, that’s what I’m doing before I go to bed.

Please send more through the contact section on my website.

1. Which famous musicians have you learned from?

I find that I learn most from the musicians I perform with.   Chris Rouse, comes to mind.  If you haven’t heard him, you should definitely check him out.

In terms of musicians who have world wide fame, the ones I have learned from would be the ones I have listened to for the longest.

I tend to be more influenced by vocalists than other flautists.  Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Prince would likely be the top influences in terms of R&B.   I also listened to a lot of Evan Dando, Mojave 3, and Evan Dando at one point so I am sure they are in somewhere in my style too.   What I take from vocalists is the way they deliver the lyrics.  The technical term for it is their phrasing.

2. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

I started out playing classical music in private lessons.   My first tune was probably something like Mary Had a Little Lamb.  But I feel the defining moment for me was when I was a kid in my bedroom lifting Phil Collins track, Do You Remember.

3.  If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This one is oddly easy.  Purple Rain by Prince.  It’s emotionally epic, and I could listen to the guitar solo forever.   I read that Eric Clapton said the song contains the best guitar solo ever recorded.  I haven’t been able to confirm that, but found reference to an interview in which he said Purple Rain is his all time favorite album.


Jef Kearns is a flautist proving the flute can be something other than chirpy and annoying.

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