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Lyle Ritz passes

With the recent deaths of Hal Blaine (March 11th) and Mac Rebbenack (Dr John) who died June 6th, it made me want to look up other members of the fabled Wrecking Crew, the studio musicians who formed the core of the recording scene in Hollywood in the 60s and 70s. Sad to say, I found another loss. Lyle Ritz was a session bass player, both acoustic and Fender. He was a good friend back in the day. Lyle also had a interesting secret. Lyle learned to play bass in the army in Korea. He became a...

Dr John the Night Tripper passes

In the spring of 1969, I was working as an independent arranger and producer in the recording studios of Hollywood. I got a call from Norm Ratner, a staff producer at Uni Records. I was Norm’s go-to arranger and had already done several projects with him. “Wally Holmes has a country-rock outfit that we’re going to take into the studio. We’d like you to take a meeting with us and review their material.” Wally was a songwriter that Norm liked a lot. A few years later he would have an enormous...

A Stunning Kirtan Experience

One of the main reasons I come to India is to experience my own spirituality. This is not to say that on cannot experience one’s own spirituality in Hawai’i where I live. One can experience one’s own spirituality anywhere. In India, however, spirituality is so woven into the fabric of everyday life that one may more easily allow themselves to express their own spirituality. I  made a commitment to record my experiences on my trips. I feel it is important to record the spiritual, as well as the...

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