Archive for August, 2009

Friends at Starlight

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Well another wonderful summer at Starlight has come and gone. While a lot of it was prepping for Courtney and Arthur’s wedding, afterward we did get some time to just decompress with friends. The wonderful Harrington Family came and visited this summer, and Sabine got to hang out with Sky and Ilyiana on the shores of Starlight. A few pictures to keep us going till next summer …



Mark O’Connor String Camp

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Well as some of you know I recently attended the Mark O’Connor String Camp in New York City. Somewhere around 270 students attended. Many were professional’s and music students. P7291305 It was quite an amazing time. It’s hard to fully explain it, but each day was broken down into classes (two in the morning and 1 after lunch). P7291302There were many different styles: Old Time Fiddling, Jazz, Texas Swing, Klesmer, Indian, Rock, Classical, etc. There were classes for Violins, Violas, Cellos, and stand-up basses. At any given timeĀ  slot there was around 12 different classes you could take either intermediate and advanced. After that there was a interview session where Mark O’Connor interviewed various figures in the music industry. After dinner, there was Student and Faculty concerts. P7291314After that it was jamming. The earliest I went to bed was around 2am and several nights it was after 4am. It was an amazing time. I didn’t end up taking many pictures, but I borrowed some from friends. Below is me backing up another student who played an fiddle tune.

Below is a tune I wrote for Courtney’s wedding, and performed at the Friday Night concert. It’s not a great recording so you will probably need to turn up your speakers.

Starlight Reel


Time to fight MS!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

As many of you know, last week we broke many heat records in Seattle.
While for some people the highs of 103 meant that it was a great
opportunity to play hooky from work and visit one of our many beaches,
lakes or wading pools, for the thousands of people living with
Multiple Sclerosis, it was a nightmare. The high temperatures can
exacerbate the already challenging symptoms.

As you’ve probably already guessed, its that time of year when I hop
on my bike and join the MS Ride to fight MS. Like last year, I’ll be
riding with hundreds of other cyclists for two days in September to
raise money. Unlike last year I’ve started a team with some friends to
help raise as much money as possible. We’re The Fighting Axons! The
funds raised will help support programs for people living with MS as
well as their families. Can you imagine being a little kid and
watching your parent struggle with the most basic activities? Kids
camp would give you a safe place to ask questions and meet other kids
who know just what you’re going through. Of course, the money will
also go towards finding a cure…one day we hope that no one will have
to live with MS!

Please consider sponsoring me as a I ride in support of everyone with
MS, but especially my Uncle Ray. I’d like to see him one day be able
to say that he no longer has MS.

If you’d like to donate, the easiest way is by going to:



Brooklyn House Floor

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Some pictures from Sabine’s adventures exploring the brooklyn house floor.IMG_0280