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Johnny Medley

The Art of Approach Notes

I’m starting to get floored by the amount of resources available on YouTube when it comes to jazz pedagogy. The level of analysis is astounding and really motivates me to hit the ‘shed and work on a few things. The…

Laughing at myself…

Nothing more to say. Clogged drains are a pervasive issue, but we manage to stay on top of things on our block, It really does come down to a collective, block-by-block effort to effectively root out cleanliness issues on a…

Fried jerk turkey

One of the best surprises from this past Christmas was a serious hookup from my brother-in-law, “E.J.” He goes to a popular establishment on Chicago’s South Side and they will jerk and cook any meat you bring. “E.J.” opted to…

I love to “prep” with my wife!

Food preparation time provides and opportunity to talk and unwind. We have a blast cooking together, but “flow” is everything–particularly after a long day. We have an established routine: She handles the seasoning of the meat, while I chop. We…

New computer build w/AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

It’s always a blast to build a new “box.” This is a low-budget, yet rather powerful machine. The SSD, along with 32 gigs of RAM makes for a fast and lean machine for video and audio chopping. The new year…

Grilled salmon steaks

Another easy favorite for the grill. You’ve got to watch out for the bones, but the steaks are packed with flavor. It’s actually cathartic to watch them (peeking allowed) cook indirectly, after a quick sear on both sides.