The name Old Dog New Tricks is not meant to imply that I feel like an old dog. Rather, it reflects my undying belief that if they choose to, people can change and learn new tricks.
I have played guitar since I was about six. I learned many folk and pop songs and would accompany myself with the guitar. I started thinking of the guitar more as a lead instrument when I was about 14 years old and developed a taste for progressive rock, fusion and jazz. Old Dog New Tricks is a collection of instrumental songs that I have written over the years. It is long overdue. The new trick for me is actually doing the project. For years I did not record things as I was looking for the perfect tone, the perfect solo, the perfect recording. I have finally learned that perfection, in all things, is unattainable. However, to be creative and share ones gift is most excellent!
I am blessed to have a loving family and so many supportive friends. This project is as much for them as it is for me. As I worked on this project, I received support from so many of them. Cziana, Dale, Glenn, Gujjuu, Hock, Jim, Joy, Karen, Lori, Michael, Naz, Shelley, Sheila, Phil … thank you all so much for your encouragements and inspiration.
I really want to give Bruce Davies a lot of thanks for his help, his great chops, but most of all, for his friendship and support. He is so much fun to work with.
A huge thank you to my good friend Eric Brad at Northern Lodge Music for his masterful job of engineering, re-mixing and mastering of Old Dog New Tricks.
To Lis Bailly for lending us her time and talents to produce the wonderful cover art and design for this CD.
To my mom and dad, my sisters and my children, thank you for your constant love and support.
I especially want to thank my wonderful wife Colleen. You put up with my tantrums when things go sideways, you always support and encourage my desire to play, give me all the space I need to do so, and you believe in me when I often do not believe in myself. This CD is dedicated to you.