Work Avoidance

This is where you’ll find some of my favorite work avoidance activities

String Theory

Commune with the oscillations of Django, Wes, Jimi, Jaco, Brother Duane, Zappa, Sco, Metheny, Holdsworth, and beyond…

I host a terrestrial radio music program called String Theory that broadcasts some Mondays at midnight on community radio station KZFR 90.1FM Chico, California.

Bonus Broadcast: Miles Ahead, Miles Behind
December 3, 2017

Miles Ahead, Miles Behind broadcasts on KZFR 90.1FM Chico, California and at

Pat Martino “Impressions” (4:37) from Consciousness (1974)
Pat Martino “On the Stairs” (5:33) from Consciousness (1974)
Jim Hall “Stompin’ at the Savoy” (4:03) from Jazz Guitar (1957)
Jim Hall “Tangerine” from (3:52) Jazz Guitar (1957)
Jim Hall “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (7:04) from Concierto (1974)
Jim Hall “Two’s Blues” (3:00) from Concierto (1974)
Bill Evans & Jim Hall “My Funny Valentine” (5:21) from Undercurrent (1962)
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny “Lookin Up” (4:34) from Jim Hall & Pat Metheny (1999)
Pat Metheny “Bright Size Life” (4:45) from Bright Size Life (1976)
Jaco Pastorius “Soul Intro/The Chicken” (7:36) from Invitation (1983)
Charlie Parker “Donna Lee” (2:34) from Yardbird Suite (1947)
Jaco Pastorius “Donna Lee” (2:27) from Jaco Pastorius (1976)
Jaco Pastorius “Three Views of a Secret” (6:09) from Word of Mouth (1981)
Weather Report “Birdland” from (5:59) Heavy Weather (1977)
Weather Report “Teen Town” from (2:51) Heavy Weather (1977)
Thundercat “Uh Huh” (2:16) from Drunk (2017)
Jaco Pastorius “Invitation” (6:55) from Invitation (1983)
Weather Report “Havona” (6:03) from Heavy Weather (1977)
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie “Fly Me to the Moon” (2:28) from It Might As Well Be Swing (1964)
Frank Sinatra “Summer Wind” (2:27) from Strangers in the Night (1966)
Tony Bennett & Bill Evans “Make Someone Happy” (3:53) from Together Again (1975)


My Radio Tribute to Walter Becker

October 1, 2017, “Audio Fix“, KZFR 90.1 FM, Chico

Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach XI – August 2017

Sitting in with Ronnie P. and the Free-riders

“The Random Pick”

Doing a radio show with Nathan Jones, July 6, 2017



Radio Tribute to Allan Holdsworth

My tribute to the late Allan Holdsworth:

My Interview with Ted Greene

I conducted this interview with guitar legend Ted Greene in February 1995. I had planned on finding an outlet to publish it, but Ted never got back to me on the edits and I let it go. Sadly, Ted left us 10 years after this interview, on July 23, 2005. I just recently came upon this file on an old backup hard drive and decided to publish it here on my website. Enjoy!


Photo courtesy Leon White

Combine the logic of Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock with the passion and soul of Ray Charles, the unassuming and humble nature of a Gandhi, and the expanse and depth of a modern day Da Vinci, and the product might well be chord alchemist and pedagogical guru Ted Greene. A thoughtful and soft-spoken artist, Ted loves sharing his fretboard knowledge with those fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to his humble home. His four books, including Chord Chemistry and Modern Chord Progressions, have been cited as essential texts by venerated players and teachers. The treasury of chord voicings found therein stretch the mind, muscles, and joints (some of his fingerings I refer to as “Greene-achers”). On his stellar recording Solo Guitar, Ted practices what he preaches, expressing his sublime yet stunning contrapuntal solo-guitar abilities. I caught up with this modern-day Renaissance man at his studio in Encino, California, where we spoke about music, history, and the Zen of guitar instruction.

RCJ: Where did you come up?
TG: I was born here [in Los Angeles] and moved to Cleveland as a kid, but I grew up in New York, in a suburb called White Plains. I then came back out here in late ’63 and have been here ever since.

RCJ: Do you come from a musical family?
TG: Pretty much. My mom played pretty descent Gershwinesque piano and my dad played a pretty mean radio. The whole family is bonkers over music.

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Mulholland, my LA band with Dennis Martinez. Oh boy, did we rock it!

(Call the thesaurus police on this one.)

Northern Lights

Here’s a guitar transcription I did, back in the day, of Steve Morse’s “Northern Lights”. Click on the image of the sheet music below to download the PDF:


Here’s the guitar & violin transcription for those of you who want to perform it as a duet (as is was on the Dixie Dregs album Free Fall.) Click on the image of the sheet music below to download the PDF:


Here’s a recording of me performing it at my senior recital way back in the day. Tough piece to play, but no train wrecks!:

And here’s how it’s supposed to sound!:

Jonesy Plays Bach

Here’s a recording of me attempting to perform Bach’s Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1:


 The “That’s That” Interview! (my codswallop begins at about the 5:00 mark), March 4, 2016.

Me making a u-turn on a Harley Road King without crashing. (Not posting the 11 tries before this…)


Scholars, thinkers, writers, and websites you should check out.

  • Lori Gruen, animal studies scholar, eco-feminist, activist

  • Petr Fosl, philosopher, Hume and Lebowski scholar, environmental activist


Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach XI – August 2017

Lebowski Fest with Troy Jollimore and the winner of the Walter look alike contest at the release of The Big Lebowski and Philosophy where Troy and I have a chapter.


My V Star 250. A thing of beauty.