Category Archives: Music

Production value

The Underwood/Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena was quite a spectacular-spectacular production. There were myriad lights and speakers, each with their own rigging. The stage had large moving parts, and it included a projection system with a huge screen that had to be at least 20 to 30 feet tall and ran the length of […]

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Professional courtesy

All the photographers covering the Carrie Underwood concert (there were 4 of us: the house photographer, 2 shooters from the Bay Area, and myself) were limited to where the soundboard was near the rear third of the arena floor. A few minutes before the County star took the stage, a man leaned over one of […]

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Memories of Dave Brubeck

One of my heroes was the late Jazz legend Dave Brubeck. You might think that’s a bit strange for a photographer. After all, what does music have to do with a visually oriented person? But there are often times where photography can be musically inspired. In photography, especially news photography, the improvisation of Jazz is […]

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Follow the bouncing ball

I’ve been to many sporting events where the National Anthem has been butchered by a “lucky” person who’s been chosen to sing it. Not that I would have done any better, but I have sympathy for them. The Star Spangled Banner is a notoriously tricky song to sing. The notes of the song are stretched […]

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American made music

“We’re an American band We’re an American band We’re comin’ to your town We’ll help you party it down We’re an American band” – Don Brewer/Grand Funk Railroad In April I shot the Cambodian New Years Celebration at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist temple in Stockton. A group of about 10 musicians sat beneath a small […]

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Alma rockin’ mater

Lets face it, most alma maters (the songs) are usually pretty boring. They usually start something like “Hail to – insert name of school/college here -, then maybe something about its ivied halls then blah, blah, blah, then we’ll remember you forever and true, etc., all put to a stately and equally stuffy melody. Not […]

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Blast from the Past: The Godfather of Soul

Today is James Brown’s birthday. In November 17, 2005, I photographed Brown in an appearance at what was then the Fox Theatre (now the Bob Hope Theatre) in downtown Stockton. It was one of his last performances before he died a little more than a year later on December 25, 2006.   After an announcer’s […]

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Leader of the band

“The Hey Song” has become a high school marching/pep band staple. The song, also known as “Rock and Roll” by 70s British glam rocker Gary Glitter, has an infectious beat and a rousing chorus of the single word “hey!” for everyone to sing (or shout as the case may be) in unison. Several weeks ago, […]

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Horn of plenty

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I’m listening to a white Christmas

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The holidays usually mean I shoot a lot of events that feature Christmas music. From parades to church services to concerts and more, each comes […]

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