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At 9:03am on December 5, 2011, Joe Rollin Porter said…

That would be very cool, Jim!  I'll be looking for you.  If you'd like to provide me with an email address I'd be happy to add you to my monthly mailing list that I send out to update interested folks about my Northeast Ohio appearances.  I'm planning to send the December installment out today and it will include a recently added Akron performance on New Year's Eve.  -Joe (

At 11:09am on October 20, 2011, Alan Land said…
I only meant that the word "musical" is a subjective term, and means different things to different people. I knew what he meant, and sonorous might have been a better word.
At 9:10am on October 4, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…

`sounds like you & the puppy have good, healthy, proper perspective.

I guess I wouldn't worry too much about going 'too deep' on things that brought a smile.  As I'm recovering from throat cancer 'treatment' (due to excessive oral hygiene via Listerine oncologists tell me), I've come to appreciate that 'the future' is NOW ... especially at our age.  If we have another 10 - 15 years mobility, we'll be lucky.

If cash is scarce, remember you can always swap the cabin for the guitar!  <G>

All the best, Jim ... and KEEP smilin'

/Mike Coughlin

At 10:48am on October 3, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…

I, too, thought that Anthony Hopkins' "Remains of the Day" was preciously priceless.

It's not that I don't love it; it's that I've loved TOO many.  An explorer by nature (part of the Colorado thing in me), I've fallen victim to too many G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) attacks <G>.

It's without a doubt the most beautiful and majestic-looking concert-level guitar in 'the stable' and its tone is SO harmonically pure.  I learn by trying things ... in this case about tone, harmonics, sustain, projection etc.  Same with computers; when I'd build one - to observe the effect(s) of some new parts, I'd let neighbors and friends have them for the cost of parts, which enabled me to explore yet again.  So, when someone stuck their hand up with a need or interest, off it went and I'd be moving on ... Does that make me a 'rolling stone' ?  <G>  By way of 'reference', you might check out my (mpcoughlin) eBay rating, 100%.

How's $1200 sound? ... or we could do the cabin for the guitar?  <G> ... at least in my dreams!  <G>

... neat puppy, btw - very alert looking.  <G>

At 9:22am on October 3, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…

I envy your Colorado cabin time, Jim.  I've lived in Colorado twice (mid-70's and mid-90's).  `did my MBA there, too (D.U.).  I left my heart there ... I think it will always be there.  In time, I hope to spend 'the remains of my day' there.

If you'd like a GC41, I have one, you may have.  It's 'used' only because I have it, but completely unblemished from new.  I installed a Craft Tech Tusq saddle, which opened up the tone purity and natural reverberation from that nice Honduran rosewood, but retained the original saddle as well.

At 7:00pm on July 13, 2011, Mike Coughlin said…


I saw your mention of a Yamaha GC41.  Did you ever acquire one, since then?  If so, how do you like it?

At 11:21am on April 28, 2011, Joe Rollin Porter said…

Jim, you are certainly excused.  Death, dying, etc. trumps this site in my opinion.  Besides, I suspect I may have taken even longer to reply to you this time.



At 4:22am on March 29, 2011, charles e stinnett said…
Sounds great. Hang on in there. Not much we can't do if we really want to do it. See ya.
At 12:21pm on March 28, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

Busy, busy, busy. Not a good thing. And I'm supposed to be retired! Just got back from some appointments, did my run, and I'm going to my French studies now but first had to read your (everyone's) posts. Yep, I love dogs. Don't have much use for folks who hate them. I know what you mean about your dog hamming it all up. They do like attention, don't they?

Still envious of your cabin.

Hopefully I can make a post today. Take care - m.

At 9:25am on March 27, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

Thanks - my classes went very well. These take a lot out of me; ten hours in one day and today I am trying to get going this morning. Doesn't help that it has been snowing all night (again). I've said before that refuse to shovel snow in the Spring!

Dogs - Well, I've come to think more of dogs than I do people, for a lot of reasons. In my photo, the two on the left I named after Mozart's wife and sister. Constanze Mozart VonJaxun is the smooth mini-doxie on the left. She's 16 years old. She's the mother of the middle one, Nanerl Mozart VonJaxun (I call them Stanzie and Annie) who is 14. The new guy on the block is Jesse (Jesse Stonewall Mozart VonJaxun - kind of a blend of the Jesse Stone movies and Mozart!). He's the smartest dog I've ever seen, and I've raised and trained a lot of them. He's 18 months old. He's also the sweetest thing I've ever seen. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Naw, Patrick doesn't bother me at all. Quite the contrary, I respect people who don't accept what they are told without questioning, researching, and proving. If I'm ever going to raise my opinion of man vs dog, it will be because of folks like Patrick and you.

Take care!

At 7:59am on March 24, 2011, charles e stinnett said…
A man that won't fight for what he believes in ain't no man at all and ain't worth his salt.
At 1:30pm on March 23, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

I hope I didn't bore you with all of that. It's just that I wanted you to know where I was coming from and that I, too, am very concerned with what is going on in the world. I would love for people to see the facts, not just blindly accept someone's "truth."

I am not going to comment to the Martin Group about this anymore as I believe I already pissed folks off too easily and too much has already been said. You can see some of the folks trying desparately to put each of us into little covey holes and lable us; some have already done it with comments such as the one re: Fox News. I, for one, don't like such bigotry and closed-mindedness. And, no, I don't watch Fox news.

Last year someone wrote on the Martin group about his two loves of collecting: Martin guitars and guns. Well, he was pretty much forced out of the group. Too bad, too. I also belonged to a classical guitar site where one guy was kicked off because he used incorrect grammar! I choose not to participate in this kind of elitism. Can you imagine what would happen to Michael & Kody at that site? That would be sad - I love M&K's inputs and his complete love and enthusiasm over his recent D-35 purchase. What a loss it would be if he dropped out. Besides, I love dogs too!

Groups like Martin should be a place where we can get away from worries and turmoil and just talk about what we love in common - in this case, Martin guitars.

The Lyrics group can discuss all of this.

I have to go now and write a nasty letter to the Disabled American Verterans. They say I owe them $230.00 and I haven't been a member for a very long time. I think I'll tell them to shove their membership - and my purple heart - up their... well, you get the idea!

A time and a place for everything!

Oh yeah... I love your photos! Your place? Beautiful.

Take care, my friend.

At 9:57am on March 23, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

James - 

My family were sharecroppers in Perry County Kentucky; my dad worked occaisionally in the Blue Diamond coal mines. His name was General Stonewall Jackson. I had two uncles, H & Blon. My Grandfather's name was Daniel Boone and my grandmother's name was Karina. Those were their full names.

Right about now you're probably thinking, "OK..." But this is all true. My grandmother was full blood Ahniyvwian, Eastern Band, Charlie's Clan - (Cherokee). My grandfather was half Cherokee (with a bit of Seminole (from the Creek Confederation) and half Irish. This makes me 3/8 Ahniyviwian.

These folks named their kids whatever they wanted; sir names did not apply. My dad always went by the name Jack and lots of people call me that today.

Fast forwarding past the foster homes, etc., I was the first in my family to go beyond the second grade and agonized over whether I should be a geologist or an M.D. I finally settled on the life sciences and declared Zoology (pre-med), graduating cum-laude and a member of the Scholastic Society. I was accepted to University of Washington med school but dropped out the first year because of divorce.

I have worked for pivate industry, Federal, and State organizations. I went back to school and earned degrees in Psychology and another in Arts (photography).

My primary occupation was for Division of Wildlife Resources, Dept of Natural Resources. Though I am retired (two years ago) I still lecture, teach, and write about the natural world.

I guess my Cherokee upbringing drives me to a higher than normal appreciation for the natural world. What concerns me today is many people are using the environment for political, monetary, and power gains. Real issues are overlooked and threatening us. Because of that, I despise politicians and junk science.

I would love to discuss environmental issues in these groups but I don't want to get off track. Also, some folks have very thin skin...

At 1:45pm on March 22, 2011, Ken Bellingham said…
That is so true, but, I think, not so widely recognized nor appreciated.  You have depth.
At 12:51pm on March 22, 2011, Patrick Michael Alaggio said…
Your landscapes are all frameable... surprise me. :)
At 12:42pm on March 22, 2011, Ken Bellingham said…
You'll notice I have fewer, so thank YOU.
At 11:27am on March 22, 2011, Patrick Michael Alaggio said…

Incredibly beautiful pictures... if they are yours James then you are truly an artist.

PS: Where can I buy some of them???

At 4:09pm on June 3, 2010, Charles said…
Kudos on the studio James! My "studio" consists of a music stand, and a Boss Micro BR. ;-)
Not very high tech...but I have put together some electronic files for family members.
By the way....some feedback on the Gibson J-45 vs my Martins....both sons (one is a guitarist himself) prefer the sound of the Martins. My wife agrees the Gibson sounds "softer" in her words but she has no preference.
I appreciate the difference , however, I must say that if I could only play one acoustic....I would pick the Martin.
At 9:43pm on May 28, 2010, Charles said…
Hey James.....I finally got me a Gibson acoustic (already have an ES-335). Its a tobacco burst J-45. You can find photos in the Gibson Owners Group.
How are you doing on your quest? Looking forward to hearing about your next guitar.
At 7:57pm on May 18, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Wow, sounds like if that J190 is available and you like the sound and feel you should pick it up! Weird about that Martin know we have to remember that acoustic guitars are organic things made of wood from nature and no matter how similar they make them they are all going to sound and feel a little different for sure! Every piece of wood has it's own unique grain pattern and even two boards cut from the same length in a tree are going to be a bit different. So, it's no wonder that we naturally get a ear for what sounds good to us (that's subjective too) and we really do "hear" it when we pick up an instrument. No one can truly say that all Martins sound good or better than another brand of equal quality and build...nature and our human differences dictates that an impossibility! I always laugh a little to myself when someone says only this brand, or model, or color sound the best...there are a lot of things I don't like about Taylors, but I could never say that they are inferior in general, or all of them sound bad... that would be pointless. But isn't that what makes owning and playing instruments such a wonderful mystery and joy to be a part of? I am so thankful that I am a part of it, and this forum! Edward

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