January 21, 2020

So many new albums released in 2019 undoubtedly prove that music is not only alive and well, but continues to make the world twirl ’round and keep listeners twangin’ at full speed. The first half of the year’s favorites included Matt Andersen/HALFWAY HOME BY MORNING, Gary Clark Jr./THIS LAND, William Harries Graham/JAKES, Durand Jones & the Indications/AMERICAN LOVE CALL, Rickie Lee Jones/KICKS, John Kilzer/SCARS, Jimmie Vaugh...

January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King day. The news clips I see show portions of his prophetic 'I have a Dream' speech, and make him out to be a saint. I hate that. Martin was a man who did his work every day, had the respect of his fellow civil-rights workers, and held coalitions of militants together that were impossible for most others. MLK had a dream, but he was also a flawed working man.

That’s important, because most of us know we ar...

The assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on orders from Donald Trump has many people asking: could this mark the beginning of World War III?  I think it’s the wrong question.  I was born into a world reeling from the trauma of World Wars I and II, and throughout my lifetime, people have been looking for the flashpoint that might ignite World War III.  Would it be Israel/Palestine? Would it be India/Pakistan? In fac...

January 2, 2020

Everything is new under the sun.
Everything is just beginning.
Nothing sits still.
We are all in free fall,
trusting we will bounce.


Photo of a mid-air boy on inflatable slide, Arden Fair, Arden, Delaware.

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December 18, 2019

Marc Broussard

A Lullaby Collection SOS III

 For all-time soul singers who are always exploring new areas looking for songs, Marc Broussard stands tall. Even for him, though, it’s a new stretch to enter the world of lullabies seeking inspiration. Luckily for him, the Lousiaian man hits pay dirt immediately, since songs like “Danny Boy,” “Sweet Baby James,” and “What a Wonderful World” are really one-size-fits-all when it comes t...

December 18, 2019

The moon is an egg waiting to be hatched.
Simple geometry is an oxymoron.
Where do thoughts come from?
Thoughts appear in our minds as if from nowhere.
Does that make them ours?
Can we claim credit?
At the end of a sentence, put a period.
At the end of your life, an exclamation point!
Nobody thanks a machine,
the virtual receptionist on the telephone
when we want to speak to a living being.
We thank those who could have done o...

November 22, 2019

            Be prepared.

                – Boy Scout motto                        

I didn’t intend spending one of the last Saturday nights before I turned 70 trying to stay warm on a mudflat in the Colorado River.

Let’s just say, “mistakes were made.”

The day started well. My wife Jean dropped me and the ca...

November 20, 2019

I love the way grass stems, blown back and forth by the wind, sweep graceful arcs across the sand. May we, blown by the winds of change, move as gracefully.

Photo of a tuft of grass at Horseneck Beach State Reserve, Westport, Massachusetts.

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November 20, 2019

Joseph Arthur

Come Back World.

If there is a present day hidden missile waiting in the rock ranks ready to explode, look to Joseph Arthur. With decades-long dedication to chasing his inner muse, sometimes in the open and others in the darkness, the Akron, Ohio native has never wavered from the course. His albums hit the highest level of inspiration with stunning regularity, and with fans like Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and R.E.M.,...

October 30, 2019

The old is always new and the new is always getting older. As soon as it appears,

the new takes its place in time, which blesses it with character. The new is no

longer what it was, but neither is the old. Both get older and, in that sense,

become something other than they were. Getting older, they become something

new. This is an old idea. I am not saying anything new. Or am I?

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