Ryan’s Playlist No. 7: The music getting me through the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s almost eerie. The last music blog I did was called, “Adios, 2019. Hello, 2020!” The excitement for a new year and, arguably, a new decade was real. I’m always … Continue reading Ryan’s Playlist No. 7: The music getting me through the COVID-19 pandemic

Cover + Chords: Learn how to play Gino Vannelli’s “I Just Wanna Stop”

Listening to my favorite Yacht Rock radio station yesterday, SiriusXM’s 311, on the SiriusXM app, I heard Gino Vannelli’s “I Just Wanna Stop,” a No. 4 hit here in the … Continue reading Cover + Chords: Learn how to play Gino Vannelli’s “I Just Wanna Stop”

One dude’s opinion: Al Jarreau’s 5 Best Songs

With the death of Al Jarreau today, another great has left the planet. There were very few male vocalists ever who could match his talent, and there is nobody in … Continue reading One dude’s opinion: Al Jarreau’s 5 Best Songs

The Weeknd: A smooth jazz interpretation

Since I re-started posting videos to YouTube late last year on the knowledge that I could once again post cover songs, I’ve been looking for songs to cover. Given that … Continue reading The Weeknd: A smooth jazz interpretation

A quick tutorial on playing George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”

In this case, I put together a video how-to for the piano basics of George Michael’s classic 1984 tune, “Careless Whisper,” with what is arguably the most famous sax lick ever to be written.