Led Zeppelin Reunion?

the-song-remains-the-same-2I have to admit I am a huge Zep fan. I have most of their music on vinyl and their entire catalog digitally. I have listened to it many times from from first recording to most current including some rare bootlegs. I have seen a ton of bands live but not them, I am sad to say. I do have several live performance DVDs, a great way to get a live experience. In some ways the a good DVD of a live performance has advantages because it really puts you on stage with the performers. It also allows you to enjoy a live music experience any time you feel the need. You are not dependent on if the band is on tour or not. In the case of bands like Led Zeppelin see them live is highly unlikely. Another advantage is you get to see the band in its prime. Reunion tours are great but in sometimes it is just not the same. It may not be the full or original lineup. I also like the rockcumentaries and have several of them like The Song Remains The Same and U2’s Rattle and Hum. Both of witch I saw when they came out in theaters and continue to relive at home. I remember when Rattle and Hum came out I was to impatient to wait for my friends and I to match schedules so I went solo sneaking a six pack under my coat. It was epic. I am also a big fan of the band Heart and my wife and I go see them pretty much every time they play here in Seattle. Ann and Nancy Wilson are huge Zep fans BTW and always play a Zep cover or two in each show. I would venture to say they really get the Led out. Dare I say as good as Zep..don’t kill me for saying that you would have to see it live to understand. We have several DVDs of shows we have attended. There are several times that we can see our selves in the audience Ann and Nancy Willson of Heartproving to our friends that we where there. 🙂 Watching a show on DVD that you have attended really helps you relive the experience. My collection of live performance DVDs keeps growing. If you have not experienced a live performance DVD I highly recommend it. You wont have to seek a six pack under your coat either.

Here is the article and video clip that inspired this post. Led Zeppelin Discuss Vikings, Sex and Hobbits With David Letterman.

Weekly Song Lyrics – Paradise Denver & Prine

Rocky Mountain HighWhen I was a child, my family would travel
Down to western Kentucky where my parents were
And there’s a backwards old town that’s often
So many times that my mem’ries are worn

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Well sometimes we’d travel right down the green
To the abandoned old prison down by adrie hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we’d shoot
with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

And the coal company came with the world’s
largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Artist  : John Denver

Song : Paradise

Words and music by john

My one political post and warning (opinion)

I posted this on my Facebook page this morning and felt compelled to share it here. It started a great conversation.

People before politics. This polarization is the real problem today. We need to focus on love and compassion for each other. We need to come together people! As people as friends and as a community.I cannot believe the amount of hate!!! I am amazed at the posts, comments, rants FROM BOTH SIDES. Each side pointing at the other as if they are the stupid an enemy. (hating) This is extremely dangerous to us as a society. We better wake of from this or we are not going to like where we end up. STOP the hate!!! I think people are a little to comfortable on social media sometimes. There is NO single presidency that is solely responsible for the situation our country is in. We have been asleep at the wheel my friends.

I guarantee that you have people in your friends list that will vote differently than you. Facebook is not a newspaper or even a blog when you speak you’re speaking to your friends. When you say that this candidate is a stupid idiot. You are pointing at some of your friends. We are headed down a slippery slope here. We sit in our chairs and complain about political policies pointing our fingers at the other guy ( Insert political party name and our friends who vote that way) . It is wrong for us to think that just because we vote we are involved. This is absolutely not true, if we want to change things it happens in the community. If we want change it starts in your heart first then with people talking to people one-on-one. Then getting involved in our local schools, church, state, county city, local governments.

This is my opinion I express it to you my friends with love and compassion.


~ jeff

Seattle Is the New Seattle?

I just read an article by MTV about the new Seattle music scene. I guess I have been missing on all the good shows here in Seattle. I keep hearing of good bands playing here and there. A few of those bands have friends in them, or friend of a friend.  I need to get out and see more shows.

QMP Playing at Darrells Tavern April 2012

QMP Playing at Darrells Tavern April 2012

There are a few bands I am following and I get out to their shows occasionally  but not nearly enough. One of the Bands is QMP. I have known the drummer Jamie Jensen since I was a young ladd growing up in Yakima Wa. The first time I ever jammed with a real drummer it was Jamie. He was not old enough to drive yet so I went to his place and we loaded his drum kit in my VW Bug and drove it over to my garage. It was a blast but I am sure we scared a few cats away. Anyways, the band is made up of Scott Larkin Jefferson (bass/vox) – Jamie Jensen (drums) – Joe Longo (git/vox) – Rod Taylor (git/vox)

QMP working on the new stuff

The guys had a regional following in the 90’s then went on to do other projects & have families. They have remained friends and recently QMP started jamming together again as well as writing some music. They have been in the studio and sometimes home studios, working on an album for several months now. I have heard a few of the mixes along the way. The finished album sounds fantastic and was worth all the work they put into it. QMP was recently featured on KISW’s on Loud and Local with with Jolene

Check out the new album on iTunes titled Full Color Pictures of a Black and White World


Here is the MTV article that inspired this post.

Seattle Is the New Seattle | MTV Hive.

Geeks and Music

Did you know the band Boston was a band full of geeks. The founding member Tom Scholz went to MIT and after he graduated with a masters degree he went to work for Polaroid. With his phat techie paycheck he built a studio in his house and designed his own peddles for his guitar to get that very distinctive sound. He spent several years working on the first Boston album, recording demo after demo until he got the sound right. Tom played every instrument except drums on several of the hits. The first time I heard Boston it was on a borrowed 8 track player. I was on a long road trip and the tape looped over and over. I was listening through a pair of those huge 70’s headphones. Anyone remember those? The sound was amazing, it was one of the best studios albums of the 70’s. One of my favorite music experiences.


..close your eyes and slip away!

Join me for the ASTDps conference “Ignite Your Mojo”

I am very excited about the upcoming event ASTDps 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo. This one-day conference that will be taking place on October 5, 2012 has been programmed to help you get your learning mojo on.  I am proud to be part of the planning committee. We have worked hard to put together a great program. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers already with more to be announced. I am hoping that a lot of my local friends will join me and of-course looking forward to meeting new ones.

One of the best things about conferences and events like this is the connections you make. It is always fun to share ideas and experiences with people who are working in the same industry as you. I have learned so much from the conversations and the back channels at conferences like this one. I have attended so many national events it will be great to make connections locally.

For more details on this event or to register visit astdps.org

Getting the most out of attending a conference

I remember the first few conferences I attended, I was not sure what to expect and how to get the most out of it. Since then I have attended and spoke a lot of conferences, I believe I now know how to get what I need out of them. I thought I would put a short list of ways to get the most out of attending any conference.

  • Before you leave review the conference schedule closely and read about the presenters.
  • Establish an objective. What do you want to learn about? Decide what sessions you are interested in attending.
  • Know who you want to network with or get to know when you are there?
  • If you have contacts that may be there it may be good to reach out before the conference gets going if you want to meet up. The conference will go by a lot faster than you think and you may not get the chance.
  • Download the conference app to your mobile device before you leave and spend some time getting to know it.
  • If you are not on Twitter sign up. Even if you don’t plan on continuing after the conference it is still worth it. If you actively participate in the Twitter stream you may just see the value in it and can apply what you learn for future Twitter use after the conference.
  • Follow the back-channel on social media. There are a lot of people blogging about most conferences on personal blogs, official blogs, linkedin groups, Google +. Watch for the conference hash tag on these sites.
  • Get there early first day, don’t be late, sleep in or be rushed. Get up early and have a good breakfast and coffee up if that is what gets you going in the morning.
  • Attend all the keynotes. The keynote speakers are usually great and there are defiantly some ones this year.
  • Don’t sleep…ok just kidding but don’t hide in your hotel room. I know the rooms at the hotel rooms are fantastic and the fuzzy robes are comfy or so I hear, but you need to get out in the evenings. Meet people, go to dinner (there will be dinner group postings at the event), strike up conversations in the bar. Set a goal to meet new people, share, converse, engage and network.
  • Take notes, exchange cards, scan QR codes. If you don’t have a QR code reader and you have a smartphone then download one from the market place.
  • Go to the Expo. See what companies are doing. See how new technologies are emerging to make your job easier.
  • Most of all have fun. Fun is infectious. It makes you interesting and people will want to talk to you.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next conference and please feel free to come up and say hi.