Plum Jam

by Jon on December 7, 2012

Here’s a little tune I came up with that I call “Plum Jam”.

Being a locksmith and working on doors a lot, I guess I could have called it “Plumb Jamb” (a little humor there).  I have certainly seen lots of Jambs that were not Plumb!  🙂

Anyway, I hope you like it.  🙂

CLICK HERE ==> PlumJam


If You Know The Lord…

by Jon on December 1, 2011

When I was about twelve years old, there came a young preacher / evangelist to our little church in Greenfield where I grew up. This young man was incredibly talented and could play the guitar and sing so beautifully. He could play almost every other instrument too.

One of my favorite memories is that very often after an evening service, Josh would stay
and just play and sing for us. I was so mesmerized and could have stayed all night listening and watching. One of the songs he sang was “If You Know the Lord”. I can still visualize the whole scene and hear it in my mind to this day. That was 56 years ago!!! Today Josh and his wife Evelyn are pastors of a little church there in Greenfield; and the last time I was there, he was still playing and singing and preaching the Gospel.

In the past month or so, Josh had to spend some time in the hospital undergoing triple bypass and valve replacement surgery. The words of the songs came back to me and I thought how wonderful it is to know that at times like this “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and that “If you know the Lord, you’ll need nobody else to see you through the darkest night…”. I’m happy to report that Josh has come through that “darkest night” and is now on the way to full recovery. Praise God!

I’d like to dedicate this arrangement/medley of “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “If You Know the Lord” to Josh. Thank-you so much Josh. You have been such an inspiration and a wonderful blessing in my life and I know I speak for many others who have been blessed by your ministry as well. I only wish you were here in person to sing it for me; and since I don’t sing (not so as you can tell anyway) I can only offer this instrumental composition. I hope you like it. God bless you.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus / If You Know the Lord


Some Christmas Music For You

November 17, 2011

Here’s a little something I put together on the electric Keytar for this Christmas Season. Hope you like a little bit of nostalgia. CLICK HERE: aChristmasMedley_ Here’s another medley made up of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We Three Kings”. I call it “God Rest Ye Three Kings”. Oh, and you might recognize a […]

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Land That I Love

January 24, 2011
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Some Thoughts About Playing the Keytar

January 15, 2011

You might have wondered, “How does one play such an instrument as the Keytar?”  Well, I can tell you it’s not easy.  Even though I invented it, it has taken me years to master it.   Now (and I don’t mean to be boastful) I’m known as a “Master Key” player, and am number one in […]

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Count Your Blessings

January 12, 2011

Wow!  It’s another year already!  Where does the time go?  This is always a good time to look back and see where we’ve been and count our blessings.  I am privileged to live in the greatest country in the history of the world.  I’ve been blessed with good health and the ability to work.  I […]

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Who and / or What Has Influenced Your Life? (Part 2)

January 1, 2011

I mentioned in “Part 1” of this series that Les Paul had a huge influence on me in my earlier years.  I’ve never lost my appreciation for his music and inspiration, not only on me, but also on the entire world of music.  However, I could never play his style of music, much as I’d […]

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Who and/or What Has Influenced Your Life? (Part 1)

December 19, 2010

Last year I was inspired by an article I read on the Active Rain blog entitled “What was the very first personal technology you owned?” by Rene Fabre. Very nice job Mr. Fabre, and a very nostalgic trip for me. My life, also, has been heavily influenced by technology; and it got me to thinking […]

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Boarding Up Openings for Security and Safety

December 17, 2010

Security board-ups: Often I find windows that are broken or that are completely missing.  This is a security issue and in order to secure a property these have to be boarded up as soon as possible.  After all, what good does it do to change locks if someone can simply crawl through an open or […]

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Restless Nights

December 8, 2010

Ever have one of those nights when you just can’t seem to go to sleep?  You toss and turn and your mind can’t seem to stop running.  You get halfway asleep and start having crazy dreams that just come out of nowhere and make no sense at all.  Then you’re awake again and might even […]

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Quality and Workmanship

December 7, 2010

It is not uncommon for a locksmith to replace a good quality lock with a cheaper one when re-keying a bank-owned property.  There are legitimate reasons to do this:  One might be that the bank specifies a particular code that’s not available with an existing lock.  Another reason might be that there are several different […]

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Tropical Paradise

December 1, 2010

Here is a fun little project I did last year.  A total departure from the music I usually play, it’s a recording of an original composition I call “Tropical Paradise”.  It is based partly on an experience I had many years ago while visiting one of the Hawaiian Islands. First you must close your eyes, […]

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Spare Keys…a Suggestion for Realtors

November 24, 2010

Instead of leaving a spare key “hidden” somewhere on the premises (such as under the doormat, or on top of the door frame, or under a rock near the front door, etc.), I recommend using a spare lock box with an unpublished combination. This lock box could be located away from the primary lock box […]

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“Sometime In The Fall”

November 5, 2010

Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love the colors and there’s the feeling of magic in the air that only comes from knowing that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner when families come together and celebrate the great things God has given us. The following video […]

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More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 4)

November 2, 2010

It’s hard to understand some of the things people leave behind.  But in this case it’s hard to decide exactly what one should do – take it with or leave it behind?   For example, how would one take a complete blacksmith shop along?  On the other hand, how could one leave it behind?  So there […]

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Securing Swimming Pools and Spas

October 30, 2010

Special care is required whenever there is a swimming pool or spa on a property.  Swimming pools can be dangerous whether they are full or empty, especially for young children.  Make sure all gates to the yard with the pool are secured so that no one can get in and get injured or worse.  This […]

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A Tribute to the Late, Great Peter Piper

October 27, 2010

Previously I mentioned that Peter Piper was a good friend of mine. Yeah, Peter and I go way back. It was a great honor for me to be called his friend. He was a real peach of a guy (in fact we used to call him Peter Piper the Peach). And MAN!! You talk about […]

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“The Musical Locksmith”

October 21, 2010

If you live in the southern California area, you have, no doubt, heard of “The Smell-Good Plumber” advertising on the radio.  Right?  I think that’s a really great “gimmick” and helps people remember him whenever they need to have a drain unclogged. Well, I’ve been thinking about that lately and wondering what I could come […]

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Heavy Thunderstorm in Hemet

October 20, 2010

Today I had just finished up a job where I was working outside.  I was starting to put my tools away when I felt the first few drops of rain.  By the time I drove away, the rain was starting to come down enough that I had to turn on my windshield wipers.  We don’t […]

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Repairs in the Field — Adventures of a Locksmith

October 18, 2010

Some doors require more than just changing the lock:  they must be repaired or the door jamb needs to be rebuilt, or the hinges need to be tightened up so that the door hangs properly.  Otherwise, the door simply will not close or the latch doesn’t line up properly.  Cases like this are almost always […]

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