Monday, December 22, 2008

My Daughter Wants to be Buddy Holly

Here she is trying to be just like the Buddy himself. Why doesnt she want to be like me? I mean aren't I cooler than Buddy? I can play most of his songs, doesnt that count? Ive gotta admit the look suits her well. She has been fascinating me lately with her cuteness. Shes been playing guitar, playing the piano, counting in songs, and playing some percussion. Shes been trying everything and anything. Today she even tried some of her mommies perfume. Thank God she didnt enjoy the taste. What a scare. I almost had a myocardial infarction. What a girl!

Dakota experiences technical difficulties before live concert

My baby girl Dakota loves to play songs on her baby piano and 99 cent store guitar. I was ready with camera and all to record her performance when one of her guitar strings snapped. What a
bummer! It is so hard to record her doing anything, but ill try again some other time. For now enjoy the video of the mishap.

Monday, November 10, 2008


More drawing's from my sketch book. Enjoy!
Senor JD.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Here is some new art from my sketch book. The medium used was pen over acrylic paint wash. I incorporated a Johnny Cash image I had saved from a magazine. Hope you enjoy them.

Auld Lang Syne playing on my record player

I had the pleasure of getting in the mail the 7" Auld Lang Syne 45rpm single released by Viper Bite Records. Being a record collector this was a real treat for me. I love the old warm crackle coming from my record players speaker. It's just heaven. Either way let me come back to earth now. Auld Lang Syne is a Rochester NY roots rock band that has been under the radar for too long. I will dare to say these guys are the reincarnation of The Band. These guys are going places and its happening fast.
The first track "Where My Fortune Lies" is a classic. From the moment I heard this song I fell in love with its progression, jangly banjo and dreamy sleigh bells, and not to mention the drums on this song that are just perfect. Every element of this song is a perfect fit. Timothy Dick's voice is superb. Deep baritone tone coming at you with emotion that could easily make you teary eyed. Timmy Gallogly's contributing harmony on this one is chillingly beautiful. All I can say is this song needs to move to a higher plane. This song is a true example of great songwriting and tasteful arrangement.
On the b side of this perfect little 45 is the song "50 Years". This song took me a little bit longer to really soak up, but once I heard it a couple of times, I could really understand the emotion behind the strong voice. It sends chills down my spine. Jonathan Miller the author of this song brings a strong projection of passion and pain on this track. His voice trembles and shakes and is from an era lost and forgotten. "50 Years" embodies so much imagery that I could truly see it being the soundtrack to a deep unfolding drama.
I never doubt that my good friends up in Rochester ( Kathy and Tim, Timmy G and Jonathan )will always produce songs that will blow the socks of my feet. These guys are truly making a mark in this world, from making beautiful music to raising families to making good friends where ever they go. I'm grateful to have had these folks very close for some time but now distance is our enemy but the music still keeps us close. I will keep you posted on the full length which should be out this winter.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thanh Da Bakery BKLYN NY

Im no food critic but ill pretend for this one. I just got back from hanging with my good friend A. Bogs. We took a stroll up to 7th ave, the heart of Chinatown Brooklyn. There's a really cool newly expanded bakery by the name of Thanh Da. This has got to be the best place for Vietnamese sandwiches in Brooklyn or maybe even NY.
The sandwich is made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, onions, cucumbers, and cilantro. Popular fillings include roasted or grilled pork, Vietnamese Ham, paté, mayonnaise, chicken, and head cheese. Most Banh Mi sandwiches contain a Vietnamese mayonnaise-like spread that is a mixture of egg yolk, cooking oil/butter, and sometimes spices. Sorry my vegetarian friends. The sandwiches are really inexpensive and super delicious. The place is really friendly and super clean. A sandwich with some dessert and a drink will run you about 6 bucks. You really cant beat that. You can sit in or sit outside where they usually have some fold out chairs. What a day! Shooting the breeze with a great friend and enjoying a Vietnamese sandwich. Now thats life!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Coney Island has always been a special place for me. Growing up, it was the place where us poor folk could have some fun with only 10 dollars. It was a place where you could wash away your demons and never see them again. A place to embrace your sweet heart and make memories that would eventually become stories your children's children would hear at bed time. Coney Island is like another planet; Coney Island is unlike any place you've ever imagined.

2 years ago I began writing about Coney Island in my sketch book. For some reason the spirit moved me in that direction. These words eventually became songs and the songs eventually became ideas for a Coney Island Tribute. I began recording these songs but at some point lost all focus on the project and stopped halfway through.

I'm writing this blog to share with you some roughly mixed tracks that provide a glimpse of what was in my head at the time. I'm also writing this in search of some inspiration to pick up where I left off and hopefully culminate the project. I would love some feedback.

Below are some tracks for you to listen to. Hope you enjoy them.


WELCOME ( recorded with coney island sea creatures )

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POOR BOY ( Bob Thorne on Piano )

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CAROUSEL ( Bob Thorne on Drums )

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WONDER WHEEL ( Bob Thorne on Piano )

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Monday, October 20, 2008


A. Bogs a friend, an artist, a musician, and a brother. We painted Jody Sunshine's apartment in the summer of 95. We listened to the Beatles while we painted white walls and ate stale sandwiches till late in the night. A month went by and the work was finished; we parted ways not knowing that 3 years later we'd be reunited and play music that neither of us even dreamed of.
One day cleaning out my phone book, I discovered his number and gave him a call. Little did we know that we were neighbors living only a few blocks away from each other and were both making music. We got together to break bread and recorded music the first day we reunited. Ever since then A. Bogs and I have collaborated in music and shared life's joys and sadness.
Over the years we've played many shows under the name Swampbelly and then Bogs Visionary Orchestra, and also recorded several albums. A. Bogs enchanting music embraces hillbilly roots, Allen Ginsberg wit, mountain banjo twang, and humanitarian/political/apocalyptical and sometimes humorous lyrics. A. Bogs latest album Maladroits Union was a blast to record and holds some inspirational tunes and some very interesting instrumentals which did not exist in the earlier albums. Soon to be released, is yet another masterpiece by our junkyard, indie rocker that Im sure will inspire great things among mankind. Stay tuned for A. Bogs!


Ive uploaded "Down the Road", one of our first songs recorded. I'm playing a reverb drenched electric guitar. Maybe a little too drenched. :)

Working the Fields

Looking through some boxes that I have yet to unpack from the move many moons ago, I found a cdr of a song that I recorded a long, long time ago and had completely forgotten about. "Working the Fields" was a spur of the moment song inspired by the movie "Cool Hand Luke", which Ive seen many times. Since Paul Newman RIP just passed away, I figured I'd let this one go in his name. I'm not a Paul Newman fan per say, but love the movie and think he has had some admirable roles in his career.
The song was not intended to be on an album, It was just for kicks. The mix is sort of terrible since at the time I did not have much experience mixing, but the spirit is strong. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. Nighty night.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sneak Peak

Here's a very short video I shot in my home studio, playing a snip of a track that will be on the anticipated album. You can hear my good friend Bliss Blood's saw playing, sweet!!!! You can also see some of my close friends who make sure everyone is quiet while I record.
There's a weird UFO type of effect when the camera points at the sun. I'm sure AV people will have a valid explanation for this strange occurrence, but nevertheless it looks really interesting and I'm trying to convince myself that UFO's are truly visiting me. Till next time dear friends.
Yours and yours only,

Friday, October 17, 2008


DM Stith is a gentle soul. A keeper of beautifully crafted folk songs that I can only imagine existing in my most allegorical dreams. DM Stith is also a close friend with whom I've had the pleasure of collaborating with in our musical journeys.
His debut album will be released by the Asthmatic Kitty Record Label sometime in December. A song titled " Just Once" from this anticipated album was graciously reviewed by FADER. I had the honor of laying down some obscure lap steel on this gem of a song. My lap steel playing can be mainly heard towards the end of the song. It almost embodies a creature dangling from steel tightrope, scratching away at the surface of this dreamy song. Watch out, DM Stith is coming your way!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Radiant Sun

Here's a song I recorded very quickly in my living room with the sounds of my family doing their thing around the apartment. I normally try to keep things quiet but was inspired and couldn't wait for peace and quiet to visit me. Even tough the tracks are noisy, you really cant hear anyone clanging away in the kitchen or my baby girl's pitter patter . Anyway hope you enjoy it. Hasta la pasta!



Earlier this year I had the honor of being asked to be a part of a tribute album to Rollin Hunt.
Rollin Hunt is an amazing singer/songwriter/artist from planet earth. I discovered his music about 2 years ago and was immediately hooked. The honest rawness of his recordings and his amazing story telling is something to admire. I chose to cover the song " Nice Night". Its a very intimate song that automatically made my spirit feel at ease. I tried to think of very eccentric ways of covering this song, but in the end, following Rollin's spirit seemed to work the best. It was a lot of fun and for sure an immense honor to be a part of such a tribute. I have posted a link to Rollins Myspace and the Tribute's Myspace too. The song is posted below for everyone to listen to. Adios!


Tribute album Myspace page:

Rollin Hunts Myspace page:

Greatest Day

Life has changed so much in the span of 2 months. Today is my first day blogging, something I despised and surely never thought I would be doing, but like the saying goes "never say never".

I spent most of my morning playing a little accordion with my baby girl Dakota. She's really obsessed with this toy accordion. The problem is that she can't really play it on her own, so I have to sit with her and help her get some sound out of this forsaken baby accordion. At first, its adorable and inspirational, but after a couple of hours you start to go bonkers. I finally distracted her with her ukulele. Thank the heavens!

I'm trying to to get back to finishing my album. So far, Ive been working on it all week. Hopefully it'll be out in the next few months. I hope everyone enjoys it, as I think it holds many beautiful treasures.

Its a beautiful day today. The sky is clear and I havent heard a car alarm yet, so I think were good to go. Im not sure how good I'll be at this bloggin stuff, so we will see. Till next time.