Merv’s Music

Music is my passion.

After a brief professional music career (nothing special – college kid in coffeehouses) in the 70s, I put things on hold for 50 years to get married, raise a couple of kids and have a career in IT. Along the way, I played more (and sometimes less) but always with friends and at events I was part of, as here on the Spanish Steps in Rome two decades ago.

Now, I’ve been able to restart, and am “playing out” again, learning new styles, gaining skills in recording, and generally making this a new chapter.

Merv and Noury

Just a couple of good friends, from different continents, finding a way to jam on John Hiatt’s Slow Turning during AWS Reinvent in Las Vegas in 2022. My friend is known professionally as the great blues player Son Jack Jr.

Merv and Rick

Hotel room jams happen a lot. Here’s Rick Greenwald, singing along in yet another one…

Merv and Hannah Smalltree

My good friend Hannah is a superb, eclectic musician with many projects in many musical styles. I’m privileged to occasionally be in the same place at the same time with her, and it’s always magic. Here’s a favorite.

At International Guitar Camp with Dave Nachmanoff

Dave is a touring pro and an instructor at the camp. He and I spent literally 5 minutes before going onstage since we both knew the song. Another take on Walking in Memphis. (Yes, I do know a few other songs.)

There is a little but of intro and then we kick it in….