guitar & gear: Fender Jaguar, Fender Tweed Champ, Roland Space Echo

cherry blossom


What a splendid season! Short-lived, as it is some melancholic undertones creep in, but the overall image is pure beauty…

guitar & gear: Fender Jaguar, 1967 Vox AC 30 (brilliant channel), BSM treble booster (model DM-T), Tube Reverb

mikes: Electro Voice RE-20, Neumann KMS 105

she don’t like roses


It’s the best-known song of an excellent singer/songwriter and an excellent blogger, too: Christine Kane. It inspired me to contradict in sympathy: how can anyone dislike this beauty?

But I understood the meaning of the song’s title. She is not a woman like a woman is expected to be. She has her own mind. And that’s why I love this song.

Dear Christine,

I hope you don’t mind me doing this – it’s completely non-commercial. This song was an inspiration, and that’s true also for many other songs you wrote and performed. I know I forgot some bars in the chorus. I had to record this within a few minutes, but I also think it doesn’t make much difference on an instrumental. I omitted the bridge, but I will never forget the words of that part:

And if all your dreams come true/do your memories still end up haunting you/is there such a thing as really breaking through/to another day and a lighter shade of blue?

Thank you, Gary

guitar & gear: Epiphone Les Paul Custom on three tracks, Vox AC 15 Heritage, Tube Reverb



Would any color be as striking if presented on its own, without the help of a contrasting color? (This could be seen as applying to other issues as well…).

When listening, there is an awfully mistuned chord (about 12 seconds into the tune) we have to accept as the price of improvisation – grumble… Coming soon: a reflection on “embracing mistakes”.

guitar & gear: Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Vox AC 15 Heritage, Tube Reverb



Imagine you are the insect that detected this wonderful flower – that’s the point where the music starts. See where it’s going to take you…

guitar & gear: Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Vox AC 50, Gerd Schulte Phaser



Like these flowers from my studio, everything you need, everything you seek for is only two footsteps away.

guitar & gear: mandoline again, Vox ToneLab, Tube Reverb



While I fall in love with all of nature blossoming out in springtime, I know all too well about its vulnerability and delight gets slightly blurred with concern.

guitar & gear: tacoma acoustic

water lily


guitar & gear: Gibson Les Paul Special, Gerd Schulte Phaser, Vox ToneLab SE