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"'What is this great and pleasing sound that fills my ears?' I asked. 'That,' replied my grandfather, 'is a concord of tones separated by unequal but nevertheless carefully proportioned intervals, caused by the rapid motion of the spheres themselves. The high and low tones blended together produce different harmonies...[The] outermost sphere, the star-bearer, with its swifter motion, gives forth a higher-pithed tone, whereas the lunar sphere, the lowest, has the deepest tone.'"

—Cicero, De re publica

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."

—Van Gogh

This is a continually updated "sound journal," a place where I keep record of meaningful auditory experiences. It was inspired by the question, "What is music?." See also: “We all are the accumulation of a billion-year-long memory”, Vangelis.

August 9th, 2022

Dany's song

August 7th, 2022

deep blue

August 6th, 2022

ocean of peace

August 5th, 2022


August 4th, 2022

another summer gone

August 3rd, 2022

late summer song

August 2nd, 2022

"I thought the world of you"

June 30th-July 20th, 2022

See Europe Trip, Summer 2022

June 27th, 2022


June 26th, 2022

Dark is the sky

June 25rd, 2022

Bright are the stars that shine

June 24rd, 2022

"Do You have to let it linger?"

June 23rd, 2022

"I'm the one who wants to be with You"

June 22nd, 2022

Improvised lyrics by Dany:
Walking down this lonely road
Finally see I'm not alone
Strumming gently my guitar
Send me way up, to the stars
Many times I've turned around
Until now, never been found
Here I am, cruising down the road
Driving fast, talking slow
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Just like so many times before

June 21st, 2022

Aash's guitar chord

June 18th, 2022

Dany playing "Amazing Grace"

June 17th, 2022

Trying to play like Wynton Kelly

June 16th, 2022

We shall overcome someday

June 14th, 2022

Reelin' in the years with Jackson

June 11th, 2022

Another summer

June 7th, 2022


June 6th, 2022

Sounds of June

May 30th, 2022

New sounds

May 28th, 2022

Chipmunk sounds

May 27th, 2022

Peaceful sounds of the Rocky Mountains

May 24th, 2022


May 23th, 2022

Dany's repository of lines 4

May 22th, 2022

Dany's repository of lines 3

May 21st, 2022

Dany's repository of lines 2

May 20th, 2022

Dany's repository of lines 1

May 15th, 2022

A week of friends' birthdays

May 12th, 2022


May 11th, 2022

Alena's melody

May 10th, 2022

Hold on;

May 5th, 2022


May 4th, 2022

Silence, peace

April 26, 2022

Message to music friends

April 24th, 2022

"Hello, Hello?"

April 23rd, 2022

April 15th, 2022

Music with friends

April 11th, 2022


April 10th, 2022

Dany's chord of the day

April 8th, 2022

April 3rd, 2022


April 2nd, 2022

Recording featuring Mikey and Dany from 2019

April 1st, 2022

"the sweetest swinging music"

March 30th, 2022

Sound exists in silence.

March 17th, 2022

Dany playing "Hey Joe" in Spain

March 16th, 2022

Montuno for Dany's melody

March 15th, 2022


March 13th, 2022


March 12th, 2022

Backing track for "Continuum"

March 11th, 2022

Remembering autumn

March 4th, 2022

Sounds of spring

March 3rd, 2022

Dany's song

February 19th, 2022

Remembering "Spain"

February 13th, 2022

Blue sky

February 12th, 2022

Rehearsing "Spain"

February 8th, 2022

February 1st, 2022

Playing Big Cheese's keys

January 30th, 2022


January 29th, 2022


January 26th, 2022

Dany playing through his new amp in Spain

January 9th, 2022

Improvising over "Hollywood Lie" by Michael Stocker

December 31st, 2021

Another year gone

December 28th, 2021

Young blues musician

December 19th, 2021

🙌 Myles Tate

December 18th, 2021

Dany's send-off

December 11th, 2021


December 1st, 2021

Nathan playing Bach

November 24th, 2021

Reunion with Camden

November 13th, 2021


October 22nd, 2021

Message to music friends--"sunrise chord"

October 16th, 2021

Nathan playing Schubert

October 9th, 2021


October 8th, 2021

Playing at Joe's

September 29th, 2021


September 27th, 2021


September 26th, 2021

Dany's encouraging words

September 25th, 2021

Theme from "Big Country" (with bars of 6/4!)

September 22nd, 2021

Dany's peaceful guitar playing

September 16th, 2021


September 8th, 2021

Short jam inspired by Mahdi

September 7th, 2021


August 31st, 2021


August 28th, 2021


August 27th, 2021

Funny message from Dany

August 17th, 2021

Reunion with Dany

August 1st, 2021

12 notes

July 24th, 2021

Solvay's manifold vocal modes

July 15th, 2021

Backing track for music friends

July 7th, 2021

Sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains

June 15th, 2021

Vibraphone in Cleveland, Anna

June 13th, 2021

Loyola bells

June 12th, 2021

Kurt - Chicago blues

June 11th, 2021

A busy Chicago restaurant - Parker, Nyla, Havi - pick two; the rest are coming to kill you

June 7th, 2021

So long - Briana

May 29th, 2021

Graduation wishes from Ba

May 27th, 2021

"Midnight on the Water"

May 26th, 2021

What is music?

May 18th, 2021


May 13th, 2021


May 8th, 2021


May 4th, 2021


April 27th, 2021


April 22nd, 2021


April 21st, 2021

Two-part invention for trombone & cello inspired by the reflection pools at UTD

April 20th, 2021

Chorale inspired by the McDermott Library

April 16th, 2021

Backing track for music friends

April 15th, 2021

🏖 Backing track for Dany

April 10th, 2021


April 3rd, 2021

👣 👣

March 27th, 2021


March 26th, 2021


March 25th, 2021

March 24th, 2021


March 21st, 2021


March 11th, 2021


February 21st, 2021

Mother Blues playing piano

February 19th, 2021


February 17th, 2021


February 16th, 2021


February 13th, 2021


February 5th, 2021


January 30th, 2021


January 27th, 2021


January 23rd, 2021


January 18th, 2021

November 26th, 2020

"Titans," and a selection from Sister Blues.

November 24th, 2020

Harmony of the Worlds

November 23rd, 2020


November 21st, 2020

The Spirit of Music

November 19th, 2020

Message to music friends, Dany, Mikey, Nathan ~ the beginning of a journey

November 18th, 2020

Sound of wind in New Mexico

November 15th, 2020

Sound a stream in New Mexico

November 10th, 2020

Dany playing the guitar over voice message.

November 8th, 2020

Mikey's lullaby, inspired by the major 7th, his characteristic interval.

November 2nd, 2020

Learning to improvise while playing a pedal; Jeffry Eckels ~ sus chord ~ "joy," "jubilation"

November 1st, 2020

Revisiting some chords

October 30th, 2020

Stephen warming up in the recording studio.

October 29th, 2020

Message to music friends from Mikey on growth and navigating difficulties

Reflecting on Mikey's chords

October 28th, 2020

More peaceful chords

October 27th, 2020

A peaceful chord.

October 25th, 2020

A wondrous time with friends. Today marks the first anniversary of this sound journal.

October 21st, 2020

Mikey's song, a peaceful sound

October 20th, 2020

"Four" ~ in the presence of Solvay ☉

October 7th, 2020

Dark was the night; cold was the ground.

October 3rd, 2020

"Ate a Vista" ~ "See you later"

October 2nd, 2020

Message to music friends

October 1st, 2020

Imitating Bireli Lagrene ~ the start of a wonderful month

September 30th, 2020

Figuring out a melody

September 29th, 2020

Mikey playing guitar

September 28th, 2020

Thanks to Mikey for helping me start the day this way.

September 26th, 2020

"When will this feeling end?"

September 25th, 2020


September 20th, 2020

A chord Mikey and Finn showed me (independently) within 24 hours of each other. It anticipates the reflectiveness of fall.

A voice message to Dany, Mikey, Nathan, and Leo about this chord

September 18th, 2020

Body and Soul

September 16th, 2020

Solvay's poem set to Stephen's music; sounds of nature

September 15th, 2020

September in the Rain

September 14th, 2020

A friend who continues to inspire

September 13th, 2020

A voice message to Dany, Mikey, Nathan, and Leo ~ Beginning of an adventure

September 12th, 2020


September 11th, 2020

"All the Things You Are"

September 10th, 2020

Figuring out a Brazilian montuno

September 9th, 2020

Figuring out "Ate A Vista"

September 5th, 2020

Sounds of wilderness

September 4th, 2020

Anticipating autumn with the cooler weather

September 3rd, 2020

Figuring out "I Loves You, Porgy"

September 1st, 2020

"The Professor is Flying" by Stephen Houpt
A man looked down by the stream
He wanted to know the truth
So he sat by the stream and listened
And he gave up
all desire for things to be a certain way
Opened himself
And he heard the descending universe
Heard it in all its infinite majesty

August 31st, 2020

"Are there certain instruments on which you can better express certain emotions?" -A.S.

August 30th, 2020

"Just the Way You Are"

August 29th, 2020

Sharing a vamp with my musical friends Dany, Mikey, Nathan, and Leo over a WhatsApp message.

August 28th, 2020

Patricia, "Sister Blues," playing beautiful music on the piano

August 27th, 2020

The birthday girl playing piano

Kurt ~ The Spirit of Music

August 26th, 2020

A week of friends' birthdays.

August 22nd, 2020

The sound of deep thought

August 20th, 2020


August 18th, 2020

Playing the keyboard in 5822--thanks to Solvay for catching me:)

August 16th, 2020

Playing in the midst of a thunderstorm, enjoying the last hours of this wonderful summer

August 14th, 2020

Peace, nature, and beauty (themes from Sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains, which I grew up listening to).

August 13th, 2020

A song inspired by a friend (major 3rd)

August 12th, 2020


August 9th, 2020

For a friend

August 8th, 2020

Musical time with friends

August 7th, 2020

The start to a wondrous semester

August 4th, 2020

Playing on the balcony

August 1st, 2020


July 29th, 2020

"Stella by Starlight" on jazz guitar

July 24th, 2020

Trying to feel a Dilla beat.

July 9th, 2020

I am learning how to play jazz guitar. Tim Hicks--thanks:)

July 4th, 2020

Fourth of July

July 3rd, 2020

This was from earlier this month, when Solvay and I went to Stephen's and played music in the beautiful backyard (at a distance).

June 30th, 2020

Some deep-sounding chords

June 27th, 2020

"Stormy Monday"

June 26th, 2020

"Wicked Game"

June 25th, 2020

"Knocking on Heaven's Door"

June 24th, 2020

"Thrill is Gone"

June 23rd, 2020

"Hey Joe"

June 22nd, 2020

Blues, recorded entirely on GarageBand on an iPhone (no loops were used)

June 14th, 2020

After a conversation with a dear friend.

June 12th, 2020

Dany's groove

May 29th, 2020

Reggae on guitar (open tuning)

May 22nd, 2020

Copying something Alain Perez plays on piano.

May 21st, 2020


May 16th, 2020

Figuring out "Amelia," by Joni Mitchell

May 14th, 2020

Happy birthday to a friend.

May 13th, 2020

Playing "Amazing Grace" on the guitar. I've been trying to copy the way Stephen plays guitar.

May 2nd, 2020

Playing "Wicked Game" on the front porch at sunset.

April 25th, 2020

Noodling on the acoustic guitar

April 10th, 2020

"Shiny Stockings" in the rain.

April 4th, 2020

Another rainy day in Dallas.

March 30th, 2020

The sound of rain, heard from my parents' front porch.

March 20th, 2020

"Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars." The streets of Dallas have been very quiet.

March 17th, 2020

Playing "Hard Times" at Parker's apartment.

March 16th, 2020

Enjoying time with Parker's friends Ella, Havi, and Henry.

March 14th, 2020

Listening to the 2:00 p.m. bells at Loyola after meeting Emma.

March 7th, 2020

Playing "It Could Happen To You" with Camden Hunt.

March 3rd, 2020

One of my professors comparing the time evolution of the quantum mechanical density of states to populations of bunnies.

February 24th, 2020

Trying to express my feelings after having a conversation with a dear friend.

February 21st, 2020

Playing Vangelis's "Ask the Mountains" from his 1995 album Voices.

February 20th, 2020

Sitting in with the Alex Rivera Quartet at the Wine Therapist, playing "September in the Rain." I'm playing the piccolo bass.

February 14th, 2020

Playing Victor Wooten's "The Lesson."

February 4th, 2020

Birthday greetings from Ba.

February 3rd, 2020

Meditating on Vangelis's theme "Heaven and Hell."

February 2nd, 2020

My transcription of Jaco Pastorius's "Forgotten Love," played in MIDI.

February 1st, 2020

Andre Swartz playing with Addis.

January 31st, 2020

Playing "Donna Lee" using MIDI technology.

January 29th, 2020

Piccolo bass guitar, which I'll be playing this Saturday at Shebelle.

January 26th, 2020

Playing "America the Beautiful" with Camden Hunt

January 25th, 2020

Playing "Driftin'" with Camden Hunt

January 24th, 2020

Playing "Almost Home" from Sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains, a CD I grew up listening to.

January 23rd, 2020

Playing "Wave" with Todd Mosby at his "Advanced Jazz Improvisation" masterclass at the Eisemann Center.

January 17th, 2020

"Song of the Seas," a theme by Vangelis, played using MIDI technology. This is for my family in India.

January 4th, 2020

Playing "Shakey Ground" with Strictly Tablue.

December 31st, 2019

Playing old-time music at Joe Izen's New Year's Eve party.

December 27th, 2019

Friends playing chess.

December 23rd, 2019

Playing "Stormy Monday" with Strictly Tablue.

December 20th, 2019

Playing "Christmas Time is Here" with Mark Scott and Andre Swartz.

December 6th, 2019

Playing "On the Sunny Side of the Street" with Khai Nguyen and Kevin West.

November 25th, 2019

Sounds of a beach near Mumbai.

November 12th, 2019

Playing a waltz with the Squirrelheads.

November 10th, 2019

"Everything's Good"

November 6th, 2019

The UTD warning siren, somewhere between an Ab and A.

November 2nd, 2019

Playing "Searching" with Stephen at the 2019 Global Village Market.

November 1st, 2019

"Stella by Starlight" played using MIDI technology.

October 31th, 2019

"In a Sentimental Mood" played using MIDI technology.

October 29th, 2019

Manjira (a pair of small crash cymbals) which has been passed down in my mom's family for generations.

October 27th, 2019

The Dallas Opera tuning.

October 26th, 2019

Squeaking door at the DMA.

Fountain outside the Dallas Museum of Art.

October 25th, 2019

Camden Hunt whistling "Doxy." I'm playing piano.

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