Entries by Bryan Holley

The First 21 Chords

A couple years ago I created an ukulele chord chart that I use to teach my curriculum, The First 21 Ukulele Chords. I’m posting it here to make it available to all current and future ukulele players, offered in the folk tradition of sharing music. Click below to download the PDF. First21Chords

Food and Cooking

To begin my postings at this online place where I’ll talk about food, my own recipes, and all things cooking, I want to tell you about the picture at the left (click to zoom). It’s our home prep area, in this case adorned with red chiles, green chiles, onions, carrots, spices, etc. It was taken just before […]

Gardening In Ashland

Welcome to the place in virtual reality where I will be sharing my experiences and observations as a lifetime gardener. Over the last quarter century, we’ve had gardens in each place we’ve lived in Ashland. For many of these years we have had one garden plot here at home and another garden plot at the Ashland […]

Music of the Spheres

This is the virtual place where I will be posting my thoughts on all the subjects and dimensions revolving around the Great Sphere of Music. Here’s my first post. Recent advances in neuroscience technology have allowed researchers to observe and record human brain activity in real time. When they asked musicians to get wired up […]

Wendell Berry

The concept of country, homeland, dwelling place becomes simplified as “the environment”—that is, what surrounds us. Once we see our place, our part of the world as surrounding us, we have already made a profound division between it and ourselves. We have given up the understanding—dropped it out of our language and so out of […]

Aldo Leopold – Land Ethic

The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. This sounds simple: do we not already sing our love for and obligation to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes, but just what and whom do we love? […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson – From Self-Reliance

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you […]


Musical training is a more potent Instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the Soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace. – Plato