Kirk Joseph and “Dirty Dozen Brass Band”

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WOWWWWWWWW! I played the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival last night with Chicago and the “Dirty Dozen Brass Band” was on right before us. Tris and I walked to the side of the stage to listen and our jaws were dropping! The first thing I thought was, “Where and WHO is playing bass?” and couldn’t…

Don’t Take Shortcuts…

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I was able to have a conversation with my 2 sons a few days ago that really made me happy. When I was on this last tour down in Mexico with the band Chicago I took advantage of some travel time to catch up on some reading, well, it was actually *listening*. You see, I…

The Day I Became An Artist

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I’ve written before how I’m just a Top 40 Musician who caught some breaks along the way… and if you want to read about that click here. But I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately and I just had to share them with you. I’ve talked about how when I got to LA…

Is “You Found The One” the best wedding song, EVER?

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Well, that’s a pretty lofty goal and as the co-writer of the song I would have to say no… and that’s only because I’m so close to it that I would feel like an idiot saying something like that! BUTTTTTT, I can’t tell you how many people have actually told me they feel that way.…

Help!!!!

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That was the text I saw on the way to the airport heading out for a concert tour… It was my dear friend Paul Peterson whom I had the amazing experience of hanging out with recently playing a charity event in Minneapolis and capping it off with a day at the Minneapolis Media Institute that…

The Falls Lounge

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It must have been around 1968 or so… I would go up just about every day to my best friend Danny’s house.  Danny played piano and his mother taught it.  I loved being around the music.  I would hear a student taking a lesson with Danny’s mother Eve and I wished it was me. Actually,…

 

How I got into the band Chicago

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It almost seems like yesterday… I guess that’s what happens when an event is so profound it can almost seem suspended in time. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on this incredible event in my life, that has consequently created many more incredible events… I’ve been archiving a LOT over the last several years and…

Shotgun Tom Kelly

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I’ve been taking an extremely long walk down memory lane lately… some people always say they don’t look back… they don’t get nostalgic… makes them melancholy. That’s not the type of looking back I’m talking about… the more I study personal development the more I keep hearing how important it is to pause……….. and reflect.…

Make My Day

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So I woke up this morning to get ready to go home after a very long year of touring. Let me tell you a few things I did to prepare… one, I had the flight booked for around noon and that would still give me just about 6 hours total of sleep.  We played a…

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