Letters from the Lunar Outpost

The purest treasure mortal time afford Is spotless reputation; that away, Men are but gilded loam or painted clay.
- Shakespeare, English Dramatist and Poet (1564-1616)

Shout Outs

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Hello, hello, hello!  You may have noticed I was away from the blog for a couple months, but I’m really feeling the spirit this year so I wanted to make it a point to fire up the blog again and wish you all a Merry Christmas!

The time off was well spent.  The blog needed a bit of a rest and some reassessment, but I can promise you we’re going to have a lot of fun here in the coming year. (Remember though, it’s only fun if you drop a line in the comments.)

You also may have noticed I gave the blog a more streamlined design just in time for 2014. A little leaner, a little cleaner, just like we’re all going to feel when we get serious about our after-the-holidays diets, right?

So once again, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and may the coming year bring you and yours all the blessings you so deserve.

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100 Posts!


It started December 10, 2010, with a simple post called, “Hello World”. 145 days later, I logged 100 posts and Google analytics tells me I’ve had 29,937 pageviews. It’s been a fun ride and it’s only going to get better. In fact, I’ve decided to quit all my jobs, quit the bands, hang up the bass and devote my life entirely to blogging.

Ah shit, but then what sort of life experiences would I have to blog about?

Balance . . . balance is the key. I can tell you though, 100 posts in and this blog, and the people who visit are two of my favorite things in the entire world.

Enjoying the ride, thanks for riding along.

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As the new year draws near and we get closer and closer to closing the books on the old, a little bit of expectation and drama starts to build in my heart as I wonder, can my Classical Masterpieces for Electric Bass book keep alive it’s string of successes as the top selling book at BassBooks.com?

BassBooks.com started tracking the top sellers of the year back at the end of 2006, and I was proud to see my book at the top of the sales ranking for that year.

BassBooks.com Best Seller List 2006



When the year end totals of 2007 showed CMEB had topped the best seller list again, I now had Classical Masterpieces for Electric Bass had strung together two consecutive years as the top seller at BassBooks.com.

BassBooks.com Best Seller List 2007
BassBooks.com Best Seller List 2008


As 2008 was drawing to a close, the suspense began building as I wondered if the CMEB would be able to make it three years in a row.

When I woke up New Years Day and checked the year end totals – Doh! – CMEB had been unseated, falling to the second most-popular book of that year!



When 2009 was done, however, all was right with the universe again, as CMEB was back on top of the best seller list.

Ahhh . . .

BassBooks.com Best Seller List 2009
BassBooks.com Best Seller List 2010


So what do you think was the first thing I checked when I woke up on New Year’s morning yesterday?

You know I went straight to the website to check the totals!

The results were posted, and lo and behold, that makes it now four out of five years with CMEB the best selling book at BassBooks.com!

Lots of love and lots of thanks to the bass community all across the globe!  So great to know you’ve found inspiration from a book that was nothing but a joy to compile and arrange!



BassBooks.com top seller list 2006

BassBooks.com top seller list 2007

BassBooks.com top seller list 2008

BassBooks.com top seller list 2009

BassBooks.com top seller list 2010

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Welcome to my new home on the Internet.

This new home of mine will be a place to house all my musings, observations and political rants. This new home of mine is where I’ll have plenty of space to store file cabinets full of poetry and gigabytes worth of musical recordings. This new home will be a place I can decorate as I please, adorning the walls with passages from my favorite books and quotations from my favorite figures.

But a home is just an address without guests to welcome in and mingle with, so I welcome you to my humble abode.

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Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin