Category Archives: Non-musical activities!!!

March 05

Glass Works

Usually when I’m writing about glass on this site I’m talking about Philip Glass but today I wanted to share mostly some photos and also few words about one of the things I’ve been up to for the past year. I’ve been learning to repair and restore stained glass windows as part of the Manchester […]

April 04

Stardust: Meditations on Mental Resilience During the Pandemic

I am not a musician. I am not anything, other than a collection of a few trillion atoms bound together by natural laws which I, naturally do not understand. Rather than defining myself as “a musician” and making that identity the core of my being, I understand myself to be someone who plays music. I […]

April 10

This Week’s Shows 4.10.18 India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore

Well, I’m back on the Celebrity Constellation and as usual, I’m well past due for a weekly update. We’ve been busy sailing between Abu Dhabi and Singapore, playing a lot of Motown, crossover violin shows, a Phil Collins tribute, some swing-style crooner music, and of course a lot of saxo/DJ sets. This itinerary is really […]

October 04

Altissimo, Jungle Flute, and Deep-House Music. Summer in the Mediterranean.

Summer has finished here in the Mediterranean. It’s cooler now and I’m writing this long overdue update from a rainy Sicily. It’s been an interesting summer. I’ve devoted a lot of hours to really focused practicing and have developed some new things. This summer has mostly been about Altissimo, flute doubling, house music, and Aperol […]

April 25


Here are some more photos from the Lost City of Petra, near Aqaba, Jordan.

January 18

Hemi-Demi-Semi-Truths Vol. 2 The Origin of the Danish Half Sandwich

  In Today’s Hemi-Demi-Semi-Truth, we’ll explore one of the world’s great culinary anomalies, The Danish Half Sandwich. Anyone who has traveled to Denmark will have encountered the half sandwich option on just about any menu. This is a wide spread practice throughout Denmark, however many people are surprised to find out that there is a […]

January 11

Hemi-Demi-Semi-Truths vol.1 Crabs Eat Rocks

Hemi-Demi-Semi-Truths is a brand new, occasionally infrequent column I’m launching at Here, I will explain some of the more esoteric things that I have learned in my travels. As someone who has been filling the internet with nonsense, professionally, for a few years now, I have decided that it’s time I give back and […]

July 04

A midsummer’s update

A little bit about music, a little about travel, maybe a humorous observation or two… It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so here’s a little update on what’s been going on. I’ve been back in Scandinavia onboard the Eclipse for almost two months now. The sun doesn’t really set these days…it just takes […]

Michael Hankins’ addendum to- Drew’s Guide to Mucking Around the Changes; a Musicians’ Manual for Cruise Ship Living: South of the Border Edition- Panama Hats are made in Ecuador

Michael Hankins’ addendum to- Drew’s Guide to Mucking Around the Changes; a Musicians’ Manual for Cruise Ship Living: South of the Border Edition- Panama Hats are made in Ecuador.

April 20

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I’ve been meaning to post something about Dubai for a couple of weeks now but haven’t gotten around to it. Currently I’m waiting in the Singapore airport so…no time like the present…   How do you begin to describe the city of Dubai? I’ve just spent three days there, which admittedly is not enough time […]