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Silly Rascal Steak Fries

July 9, 2015

Rascal Fries

Walked in at 3:00 with dinner in hand,
Silly Rascal sniffed out other plans…

How could I ignore those puppy eyes
When she looked up and begged,
Please??? Give me fries!!

Aussie sat on her stub tail
and stood on her pretty head,
Danced all over but still to no avail.

Oh Silly Rascal,
Burgers aren’t for you!

Instinct jinxed her brow
And before I could even blink,
Aussie chomped another chew!

Bye bye steak fries,
Rascal’s on the prowl!



June 19, 2015

Stars drift across horizon
Fingers brush lives entwine
Dawn sings a new song

Snow Day for Rascal

February 28, 2015

A happy Rascal means life is good! Let it snow!






Silly Rascal Seeks Amnesty

January 17, 2014

Rascal Amnesty


Winter winds sweeping wild scents through an open doorway sometimes prove too much for an unbridled house dog to ignore.  Rushing past her hapless gatekeeper with determined curiosity the shifty hound howls: “You fetch the mail, I’m chasing sunshine!”

And the chase is on!  Leaping miniature hedgerows and bounding over circular driveways normally observed only through the windows of her royal chauffeured carriage, the red merle Aussie barks proudly: “Squirrels!  Pigeons!  Geckos!  Watch me run…free!  Free!  I’m Freeeeee!”

The neighbor three doors down, startled by the surprise afternoon visitor, gestures as if to ask “who are you who is sniffing round?”  A distant voice answers the commotion: “Rascal!”

Across the street a fraught golfer dives into a sand trap…oh, there’s a stroke of luck…claims his missing link.

“Rascal!”  Spotting her leather training leash waving overhead the domestic fugitive suddenly turns homeward and races toward amnesty.

“Sit…stay.”  Obedience.

“Did you enjoy yourself?”  Wide grin.  “Again, again!  I want to run again!”

“Oh no you don’t, Silly.  Fetch the mail!”

Season’s Greetings!

December 25, 2013

Season’s Greetings on this beautiful Christmas day!

My presence in the blogosphere has been sparse as of late with planning for new creative projects and studio work demanding attention.  On the other hand, I am excited about bringing these ideas to life and look forward to sharing them in 2014.  Until then, I hope to catch up with each of you soon.

Warm wishes for a joyous holiday and a happy, prosperous New Year!

Reach for the stars…and beyond

November 14, 2013

Reach for the stars…and beyond. Keep reaching. That’s the only way to discover life and live well enough to surpass its challenges.

“Time Standing Still”

September 10, 2013

One of the wonders of being an artist is sharing my music with a supportive and enthusiastic audience.  Completing a project and releasing it into the world always resonates excitement yet the anticipation assumes a certain risk-reward because you never know if a tune will soar across the stratosphere or sink into oblivion.

So, imagine my surprise and joy when I opened this email the other day:

Dear Mr Mahn,

I heard ‘Time Standing Still’ on Spa. It is brilliant piece of guitar music. Can you tell me if the print music is available? If not, can you tell me the chord progression? I would love to learn to play this piece. I bought your CD and I enjoy it very much. Thanks

Manistee, MI

As you might guess…this made my week!  I have experienced the good fortune of being honored by critics applause and I have savored an array of compliments from fans, friends and colleagues, but this is the first time anyone has expressed interest in learning to perform one of my tunes!

‘Time Standing Still’ appears on my debut album, Sanctuary, and it happens to be one of my favorites for guitar.  I gladly replied with details about the recording, noting that I performed the piece on a Cordoba flamenco guitar, similar to the model used by the Gypsy Kings, and jazz musician extraordinaire John Adams used a fretless bass to articulate the “chimes” and glissandi.

Since the sheet music is not published I provided a copy of the chord chart that we used in the studio.  I took the idea in a new direction on the title track of the next album, A Passing Moment, in which case I used a Taylor 612ceab and orchestrated it with a different palette.

Anyway, I enjoyed trading emails with Bill who, it turns out, picked up the instrument later in life.  Looking back I can name several songs or albums which inspired me to play and I would be thrilled to chat with those artists.

(Brings to mind the time I approached maestro Al Di Meola after a concert about how he records acoustic guitars.  I tried his advice in the studio and it sounded great!)

The world has certainly transformed in ways we never imagined before social media entered our lives.  Serious music discovery for me started as a teenager listening to terrestrial radio and swapping vinyl records and tapes with friends.  Now fantastic digital options like Spa are available everywhere and on demand.

Even so, in a certain sense the process still seems similar as we debate the latest release except these days I get to experience it in several dimensions.  In fact, when I think about the relationship between artist, work and audience I consider the encounter as more than simply engaging the public.

As I suggested in my last post, An Artist’s Purpose, art exists for the benefit of all involved.  We share something special through the exchange and, notwithstanding the quality of the work itself, the art form is the means of communication.

Connecting with people has always been most important and I am simply grateful for the honor.  After all, that’s what art is all about, right?

Thanks again, Bill, and enjoy your new guitar!