New song

My band is working on finishing up a few more original tunes for our second album. Here’s our latest. I’m pretty in love with the resonator guitar we used on it.


Band gig!

My band used to gig relatively regularly, especially when Kevin, our bass player, was working on the last Hubble servicing mission. He worked for a guy that liked to throw parties (on his own dime), and we played a bunch of them. But after that, two band members started work on a mission where they were in Japan a lot … Continue Reading →


Paul McCartney Concert

So I managed to get Paul McCartney tickets for August at the Verizon Center, but man, did I have to work for it. They had a presale – I was all ready for it and I’m usually pretty good at getting in right away and getting good seats. This time Ticketmaster had a countdown clock that claimed to autoreload for … Continue Reading →


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

While in Cleveland for Katie’s wedding, I was able to take Doug to the Rock Hall – he hadn’t really been before and it’s one of my favorite places ever. Here are some pics. Steve Miller guitar: That 5-necked guitar tho… Maybelle Carter guitar: Muddy Waters: Elmore James: Elvis: Carl Perkins: Eddie Cochran Chuck Berry: Beatles!!! Ringo’s jacket David Crosby’s … Continue Reading →


ten albums that made an impact on me

This was a meme from two years ago but I kind of like lists of things, so why not. So – ten albums that made an impact on me… I didn’t choose any greatest hits compilations (though I wanted to) and I tried to stick to one album per band. Though I cheated slightly on two different bands from one … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – July, Part 1

I’m way behind on pretty much everything, but here are some July pics, because I have to start somewhere! With Amber and Jody – two smart and awesome ladies who also work on JWST! We had lunch to talk about outreach stuff! My friend Unni sent me a care package from Norway and it had this nice, mild brunost (brown … Continue Reading →


Stop Dragging My Heart Around

My friend Joe and I did this quick cover of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” a couple months ago. I finally uploaded it. And I realized I never posted it here! We learned it and did a quick recording all in the same day, so it’s not super polished. But it was fun!


Abbey Road on the River 2015

I never really got around to posting these, so here was AROTR 2015. It was an odd year. My Norwegian friends weren’t there, and one of the Dutch guys, who is in this amazing group that does a lot of 3 part harmony CSNY/Eagles type stuff, had issues with immigration. It sucked. I felt terribly for him, and everyone was … Continue Reading →


What bands have you seen the most?

Our friends Kevin and Jenna are very big BNL fans now – and I was the one who got them into the band. The best part is they took it and ran with it and while my fandom waned a bit, they went on 2 or 3 BNL music cruises! Which we did not go on, but at the height … Continue Reading →


Barenaked Ladies, Baltimore Arena, 2001

So here is something I never blogged about here because it happened a long time ago – and also all my pics are film. It was pre-digital and also I didn’t want my camera getting confiscated just in case, so I bought a point and shoot disposable camera. Worked out really well! And thank goodness I had a camera! Here … Continue Reading →


Fleetwood Mac Concert

So Doug and I saw Fleetwood Mac at the Verizon Center last Friday. I’d never seen them before but with Christime McVie touring again, I really wanted to see them! And when they added a second DC show (I couldn’t make the first), I splurged on good tickets. We ended up in Row V on the aisle, which ended up … Continue Reading →


More Guster…

I’ve already posted about the amazingness that was getting the chance to actually be a part of the band Guster for one song. You can read all about it here: http://lovelyrita-mm.com/2014/12/guster/ But I didn’t get the chance to post here about the next coolest part to singing with Guster. The guy who after me got up on stage to sing … Continue Reading →


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