Category Archives: General Happening


When the massage therapist who was working on my back muscles asked me what I did and when I said I’m a musician and when she asked me if I liked the music that was playing in the background, the horrible electronic one note generated wash of chords that made crescendos and dissolves slowly, over an over and over – I said yes it’s great because I didn’t want to risk insulting the person who is giving me so much relief. Lying was the right thing to do and then she said, I love it too.

buddy rich, patrick Brown

There is a cruel musician joke about drummer Buddy Rich who despite great musical reputation was equally known for throwing hissy fits at the musicians he employed. I think about that in light of the Ontario Conservative  leaders resigning for sexual assault accusations because I keep re-watching the news footage, and enjoying  it.

buddy rich’s house after he died. telephone rings. widow answers.


is buddy there?

no i’m sorry Buddy died.

ok bye.

moments later, phone rings


hi is Buddy there?

I just told you Buddy died.

Ya, I just like to hear it.

why improv

There is a zone my 5 yr old gets into where everything is a why question. Why is that blue? Why are there police? Why is Trump president? Why is it garbage day? Why can’t I have more? Feels like sometimes she is compelled toward the interrogative regardless of the answer. The worst is when it can’t be answered easily, and time elapses while I formulate what to say and by the time I start that answer, she’s bored and moved on. It as an improvisational opportunity,  I win points less for accuracy and more for not letting silence transpire. We’re jamming trying to keep up the tempo. Sometimes it might means supplying answers that makes no sense.