R.I.P. Ray Manzarek
The first album I ever bought was by The Doors. I was young, still in the single digits of years, and I needed a song to play over and over again, ‘The Unknown Soldier’ by The Doors. My mother had to drive me to the music store to get my own because my… View Post
Live Video: 'Like A Madman' at the Jewelbox...
httpv://youtu.be/6klABVMC9wY Lyrics: Like A Madman April 5, 2013 Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous Seattle View Post
Live Video: Make A Fuss at the Jewelbox Theater
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB69A-wU1w0 April 5, 2013 Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous Seattle View Post
Worried Life Blues
You can spend your whole life worrying about things that never happen, but today let’s just follow some good advice and not worry our lives anymore. Here is Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Canned Heat performing ‘Worried Life Blues’: httpv://www.youtube.co… View Post
None The Same - Lyrics
i hope you know i’d never leave you with a babe on your arms i’m not that man but someday she’ll grow and she won’t need me i’ll rejoin the war show her what’s worth fighting for ’cause I’m too good a shot shoot whenever I want they’ll give me an army righ… View Post
My friend Clay and I exchange music periodically and he recently sent me a link to some good Bill Withers tracks, so I figured I’d share with you one of the best of Mr. Wither’s live cuts, “Grandma’s Hands”: httpv://youtu.be/qv5pagal-ls?t=1m16s So smooth. View Post
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers out there! Here’s some live Gordon Lightfoot for my mother, ‘Summer Side of Life’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gs98fVoHVI She’d prefer ‘Rainy Day People’, but I couldn’t find a live version on YouTube. View Post
Fans, Friends, Nectar Lounge, Paula Boggs, Jeremy...
Last night’s show at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont was super rad, the weather was perfect, the outdoor patio was relaxed, the beer was refreshing, the folks were fun and friendly, and everyone was ready to play and/or listen to some live music, because… View Post
Nectar Lounge in Fremont Tonight!
Dear friends, Come on out to the Nectar Lounge tonight at 8PM to enjoy some live music and good times with the Jeremy Serwer Band, Paula Boggs Band, and Saint John and the Revelations! The weather is going to be beautiful and they have a large patio,… View Post
Best Worst Link Title Ever
I was on the BBC News website this morning and read this link title: “Lab Maggots turn to cannibalism”, and knew that I had to click on it. Out of all the other links on the page, why did I have to click that one? What messed up part of my mind said that… View Post
Black Venomous Snakes - Lyrics
black venomous snakes slither over you i was pulling them off and dodging your daggers too but you can’t see and you don’t care how can i breathe the same air when everything you say is untrue i want you to be the other one in this love affair instead you… View Post
Video: 'Like A Madman', Saint John and Phil...
We dug up a video of Phil and I playing ‘Like A Madman’ at the Comet Tavern back in February: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muiHhPLU8qI That was fun. Enjoy! SJ View Post
Houses In Motion
Talking Heads ‘Houses In Motion’, funky, fun, arty, searing, uplifting, grooving, and just damn good: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaMzKpNC2Jk Enjoy, SJ View Post
The Music Drug
A recent study shows that hearing new music triggers the brain to release “reward” chemicals in similar ways that food, sex, drugs, and other carnal pleasures do: More from BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22096764 This news makes… View Post
Happy Saturday April 27 2013!
Good morning! Songwriting makes some mornings feel like Christmas. I wake up, and the first thing in my head is the song I was working on before I went to sleep, so I get right up and move straight to my guitar. It’s kind of like I remember asking Santa… View Post
Come on out for some live music and good times at one or our upcoming shows: May 8 at Nectar in Fremont May 21 at White Rabbit in Fremont (acoustic duo show with SJ and Phil on cello) May 31 at Coppergate in Ballard Put these shows on your calendar, bring… View Post
Spotify or Pandora?
Dear Music Lovers, Most of you are probably aware that there are two major competing music streaming services out there, Pandora and Spotify. Pandora is cool for discovering new music because they have very smart robot elves in the background learning… View Post
Funeral For A Friend
When I was a kid I loved big dramatic songs like this that had over-the-top intros and weird sounds and effects, Elton John ‘Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMMVi7B1v5k Also included on this melodramatic song list… View Post
It’s been kind of a boring Monday so far, but at least Margaret Thatcher is dead. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-BZIWSI5UQ She died 40 years too late, and she never had to defend herself at the International Criminal Court, but at least we know that… View Post
Update: 1) First off, happy birthday Hobbs! Today is Hobbs’ birthday, and although we celebrated all of our birthdays last Friday at a really fun show at the Jewelbox Theater, today is the real date of his birth. It’s too early to bug him, so I’ll just… View Post
An Oldie But...
He’s just so cute! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN69OIrCj_M SJ View Post
Say My Name
Son House singing ‘John The Revelator’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GgkvFJ–G8 So natural and easy, love it. SJ View Post
Rock-and-Roll Birthday Party this Friday!
Dear Friends, You are hereby invited to our birthday rock-and-roll party this Friday in downtown Seattle. Benjamin (drums), Hobbs (guitar) and I all have our birthdays within days of each other so we figured we would play some tunes, invite some more… View Post
Hello To Our New Australian Friends!
For some unknown (but lovely) reason we’ve had an influx of traffic from Australia, and I just wanted to say hi and say thank you for stopping by! We’ve always had a few fans in Australia and have sold a few CDs and shipped them there, etc, but we… View Post
Thank You Olympia!
Olympia you are truly fun and awesome! Last night at the Pig Bar was a big party, lots of music and good food and drink and great people who were ready to have a good time. And happy birthday again to ScottieJo!!! We hope to see you again soon, SJ View Post
Tonight in Olympia WA!
Dear friends, we’re coming to Olympia tonight to play at the Pig Bar for a big party and rock-and-roll show, come on out and let’s do it right! Pig Bar 619 Legion Way Olympia WA 8PM http://www.sjatr.com/shows See you there! SJ View Post
When I was learning to play guitar (probably like most other beginning guitar players), I listened to the guitar solo in this song (and other versions of it) about twelve thousand times, Cream ‘White Room’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKyGn_uxkPU Enjo… View Post
Not In The Mood
I’m just not in the mood to blog today. I’d like to have a nice live concert video from YouTube to share with you, or some cool science story, or anything interesting like that, but I just can’t summon the motivation to do any of that stuff. Today, I… View Post
After All This, Won't You Give Me A Smile?
On tap, The Clash ‘London Calling’ and ‘Train In Vain’. ‘Train In Vain’ is a great tune. ‘London Calling’ is a masterpiece. I love the way Joe attacks his guitar: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEuyLJKG_ac Enjoy! SJ View Post
Show Reminder: Olympia WA March 30
Dear friends in Olympia WA, We’re coming to you on Saturday March 30 to play some rock-and-roll music for you at the Pig Bar. Have your dancing shoes ready! Best, SJ View Post
That'll Be The Day
Today called for something easy, something peppy, something fun, and yet still a bit spiteful, Buddy Holly ‘That’ll Be The Day’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0VPxYAM698 Enjoy! SJ View Post
Let’s face it, we’re not as concerned about driving the snakes out of Ireland anymore, so St. Patrick can have the day off. However, we still need Guinness and good Irish music, happy St. Patrick’s Day!: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-rgqbHjPaE Slain… View Post
Tonight at Bernard's in downtown Seattle!
Hi folks, we’re playing some tunes for you at one of our favourite dive bars in Seattle, Bernard’s on Seneca: Fri Mar 15 Bernard’s (underneath the Seattle Hotel) 315 Seneca 9:30PM FREE $2.50 well drinks It’ll be a fun party, see you tonight! SJ View Post
New Song Demo: 'Come Out Tonight'
I have a new song for you to check out, it’s a song I wrote for a couple of good friends of mine. They got married a while back and I couldn’t be at their wedding so I wrote this song for them as a very belated wedding present: It’s just a rough… View Post
Birthday Show: April 5 at The Jewelbox Theater in...
Dear friends, We are having a big birthday party and rock-and-roll show at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater in Belltown, Seattle on Friday April 5th! It’s my birthday week, and Benjamin’s, and Hobbs’, so we’re going to make some noise and have a fun night… View Post
Couldn't Love You More
I love how John Martyn has a darkness or a vulnerability even in his pretty love songs, this is a very nice version of ‘Couldn’t Love You More’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_zxphApcrY SJ View Post
Leonard Cohen Live 1979
I needed some live Leonard Cohen for this lazy Sunday morning (afternoon). This performance from 1979 tastes like a big fat chocolate cake, delicious, ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAmQgI_Mun4 Enjoy! SJ View Post
Pacific Northwest Songwriters Introductions Vol 2
Hello there! You’re hanging out online and looking for something to entertain you because you’re feeling a bit lazy, well my dear, I have something here just for you. Sit back and relax and enjoy some tunes from these singer-songwriters and bands that I… View Post
International Women's Day 2013
Today is International Women’s Day, and we can see that a lot of folks around the world are still living in the Dark Ages, where women are told that getting raped is part of God’s plan, that Allah thinks women shouldn’t show their face in public, where… View Post
For The Planners
We had such a great show at the Copper Gate that we wanted to get another one on the calendar as soon as possible, so here we go: Copper Gate Fri May 31 8PM It’s a little far in advance, but I know that some folks aren’t like me and they actually plan… View Post