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SONG: Tanwood Drice (What Forever Means)

Tanwood Drive (What Forever Means) by George Zhen “There’s more to living than just bring aliveIt’s the summer sun lighting up Tanwood Drive…” I rarely do this kind of song. But I had too. See, my in-laws were reaching their 60th wedding anniversary and everyone in the family was writing these nice memory letters and…


VIDEO BLOG: The Accessible Studio Tour

I’m excited to bring you my first ever video blog. I figured I’d start out by giving you a tour of my home studio, complete with a bit of an explanation about how I get around using various assistive technologies like screen magnifiers and the like. Let me know what you think….


OFFICIAL VIDEO: “In Transit”

My dear friend Rick Myers, who was instrumental in working with and managing my first real band, Some People’s Children back ion the 80’s, has directed a video for the title track of my album, “In Transit”. I think it is pretty cool. Rick, of course, can do a much better job describing the process…


The Light of Elendil (or 10 Years Without Mine Eyes)

So 10 years ago today, I started losing my eyesight. This is kind of a weird thing to observe, as part of me is sad of course. Yet, there is this sense of time, and personal accomplishment. Look. This wasn’t an easy decade. But in the end, I feel like I came out the other…


Shutterbugs and Old Birds

Creatively, one can find inspiration in many forms. The muse is fleeting and unpredictable. When I was putting together the first tracks for the album that would eventually be entitled “In Transit”  back in 2009, there was no thematic thread to pull on. This runs in stark contrast to my previous release, “Dust of the…


On Final With “In Transit”

5I figure it’s about time for me to write a bit about this album thing I am working on. Let’s face it – I’m always working on an album. Sometimes it is in the forefront of my freespace, other times it sits dormant for a month or two. I’m always composing, either way. I’m not…


In 512 Megabytes of Loving Memory

I know it’s just an old computer. But understand that to me, my computer is my gateway to the world, a palette for creativity and something of a constant companion. This old girl, “Bulldog” was her name, was built for me by a friend nearly 10 years ago. She was a 1.3 Gigahertz Athlon (sorry,…


SONG: Digital Oxide

“We’re dumber than diesel, still trying to appease you. Stil trying to make it right…” I remember my teenage years pretty vividly. They were confusing, invigorating, intoxicating and tinged with enough daring-do to make me wonder how I lived through it. I mean, we did some stupid-ass shit. When you’re at that age, you feel…


Banana Grubs and Dirtbags: The Best College Nicknames

(Editor’s note: This entry is from my son Jeremy Zhen. I believe this is his first-ever blog entry of any kind beyond FB status updates.) I have made this for no particular reason. I was bored and I had free time. It has been a topic of discussion in my house for some time now….


Attack of the Killer Sponges

My youngest son, Cameron, had a student project in his middle school to make a little video inspired by his fears. The teach does this sort of assignment every year. I distinctly remember my older son’s production which entailed him being devoured in time-lapse fashion by rubber worms. But in the years since, I have…