The Sonic Abyss On the Road – Kirk Holder @ Serrano’s in Baton Rouge, LA (5/25/11)

A dear friend and a wonderful musician with a wonderful voice, I’ve been a fan of Kirk’s music for over 15 years now.  If you’re ever in the Baton Rouge or New Orleans area, look him up.  His originals are quite cool, catchy and thoughtful and his covers are full of welcome surprises.   Meet Kirk and check out his schedule at

In the meantime, enjoy this as-yet-unrecorded original (his CD “The Last Blond on Earth” is available on his website)…Abysmally, of course.

Thank you, Kirk for the years of wonderful music.  May there be many more…


The Sonic Abyss On the Road – The Fibs @ First Friday in Lancaster, PA (6/4/10)

Two of my favorite people to listen to playing music are these guys.  I don’t think I know anyone who enjoys playing more than Mike “Alexander” Berg and Ryan “Alexander” Shelley, who call themselves The Fibs.   First Friday at Downtown Lancaster, PA is a lot of fun with art galleries and restaurants staying open late, artists and performers of all kinds on the street…and, of course, music.

This is a couple of videos of The Fibs playing some originals during First Friday this past…well…Friday.  Thanks to Ryan and Mike for the music and friendship over the past 7 years.  Enjoy Abysmally…



The Sonic Abyss On the Road: Tanya & Dorise (5/21/10)

So my son Mackenzie had been asking about the French Quarter, the Moon Walk, Cafe’ du Monde and N.O. street musicians for months and months and on my most recent visit to Louisiana we finally got to go.   I drove him to uptown New Orleans, parked the car, and we took the St. Charles streetcar into the Quarter.

We were fortunate enough to stop by Cafe’ du Monde for beignets when these ladies, Tanya & Dorise, were playing.  It occurred to me that I could video them and add a new element to the Sonic Abyss.   There are some excellent street musicians in New Orleans, and Tanya & Dorise were a real treat.  My only regret is the street noise on this video, but they were just really avante garde and cool…a prime example of what makes the Quarter such a musical hotbed.   Just excellent stuff with a different sense of style.

Show them some love by visiting their website at and look for them in the French Quarter when your life travels bring you there.

And of course…enjoy Abysmally…