I was going to skip this album but…

You’ve done it, Al.  The best song you’ve done in years. Literally. ;)




A tattoo design for my niece…

My niece has decided that, for her coming birthday, she really wants a tattoo. Her mom, who has always been opposed to such things, was resistant at first, but my niece had a well thought out idea of what she wants, the symbols that mean the most to her, and in the end, my sister gave in. While I was visiting Tampa, they asked if I would take a shot at designing the tattoo.

What she wanted was something that combined the things that are most important in her life, love and faith, with a symbol that represents our family. As I’ve mentioned before, my family has a strong nautical tradition, so we came up with the idea of an anchor. She also wanted the letters B and E, to represent the two sides of her family, and to add extra meaning, to imply that she should “B E Anchored” to her love and faith.

So here is what I came up with. She liked it, but of course, we’ll have to see what the tattoo artist thinks.



The Queen of all Argyll

I have mixed thoughts on the sharing of music and videos in my blog. It’s not something I think I will do regularly, as I intend this, mostly, to be a place for *my* creative outpourings. But today I am slogging through the last of my work week. I’ve had so much to do, and so little time to create. So music has been a comfort to me as I get a chance to reflect on where I want to be, what I want to write, and what my creations might likewise inspire, as I have been inspired by what others create.

So here’s a song that’s been stuck in my head all day. The Queen of all Argyll. Maybe it will inspire you as it has inspired me.

Awesome Mural by C.E. Coburn!

I am so stoked! I commissioned the insanely talented C. E. Coburn to help design a mural that I’m painting on the wall of the bedroom my two 8 year old boys share this weekend. The idea was to take the boys, turn them into chibi-style cartton characters, and put in similarly designed caricatures of five each of their favorite cartoon characters. This is the black and white line drawing of the result (sorry for the pixelation, but I had to shrink it a lot to fit here). I’ll also take a pic once we have it painted, in color, on the wall!