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February 3, 2017

I love going to the beach.  If you know me – more importantly, if you have seen me – I am probably in no need of tan.  But I love love love the beach.  Specifically, I love Ocean City, MD.  I am in no way affiliated or paid by the OC Chamber of Commerce for this commer...

February 1, 2017

I am unabashedly old school.  I secretly long for the days of Dr. J with the big afro and the red, white and blue basketball.  I remember when the King of Pop looked more like me than not, MTV actually played music videos by Stevie Ray Vaughan and you could watch regul...

January 27, 2017

Sometime around the mid 2000’s I was experiencing a career hangover and considered ‘early retirement’ from major league jazz playing; I was going to quit playing what I considered competitive jazz gigs because I wasn’t getting enough of them, I was tired of making 50 p...

January 25, 2017

Dear President Trump,

I appreciate your time in (potentially?  possibly?) reading this letter.  I know you must be busy so I will keep this brief.

As you well know it has been an awful election season.  Americans and America is more divisive than ever before.  Unfor...

January 18, 2017

I love my kid.

Shocking, I know.  Actually I love all of my kids but this blog is about just one of them.

For about 5 years now my almost 13 year old has wanted to play basketball at the highest level - whatever level that is.  So I will start at the end, then work backw...

January 13, 2017

This is a quick one...still getting used to this idea of blogging.  But I've always found the title to be very helpful.  So I just want to do as James woulda done..."hit it and quit it."  Besides I've got to write out some arrangements for my Eric Byrd Trio tour of Chi...

January 10, 2017

TOTAL DISCLAIMER:  I'm a Cowboys & somewhat Ravens fan so it brings me joy to know the Giants lost in their playoff match up against the Packers.  

I also want to give you my working definition of the word "gossip" and why I am not doing it in the blog:  I really t...

January 6, 2017

Hello.  My name is Eric.  And I have an anger management problem.  ("hi eric....")

No, seriously...I get mad.  Angry.  Volcanic.

Now, let me cut myself some slack here: I have gone through great lengths to be slow to anger.  While it is a day to day strugg...

January 4, 2017

I have often found myself in positions of leadership throughout my entire life.  Truthfully, most times I have found myself as a leader before I had even formalized in my mind what my leadership style would be, what my plan was, how I was going to accomplish goals or e...

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