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“Lucky Day” . . . : The Importance of the Thirteenth of May

This past thirteenth of May was my mother’s 95th birthday. While I admit to my lack of objectivity on the matter, she is one of the most amazing people . . ever. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1927, she has

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‘It Tolls For Thee” . . . : Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells

I remember I was fifteen years old in my bedroom reading Rolling Stone magazine (I thought I was so cool . . . ha!) and I saw this ad for a new record called Tubular Bells. I was a precocious

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“Crazy Fingers” . . . : Grateful Dead on Classical Guitar

I’ve been listening to a lot of classical guitar these past few months. Mostly Bach, some Vivaldi but I’ll leave that for another post. Anyway, given my listening habits I guess that it was inevitable that the Great YouTube Algorithm

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“Ease My Worried Mind” . . : The Sad Tale Of Jim Gordon

Rock music has more than it’s share of weird and tragic stories but this one is one it’s weirder and more tragic ones. At one time, Jim Gordon was one of rock music’s most admired and in demand drummers. During

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“I’m Just Trying To Break Your Heart” . . : Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Teaches You To Write One Song

“If you want to think of yourself as a songwriter, write songs.” – Jeff Tweedy For a long time I would read about the band Wilco (and it’s predecessor, Uncle Tupalo) but never really listened to them. That changed when

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“Hey! Oy! Let’s Goy!” . . : Kursten & Grohl The Hanukah Sessions

As tonight marks the last night of Hanukkah 2021, it’s a fitting time to mention the series of cover song videos put out by producer Greg Kurstin (who is Jewish) and renaissance mensch Dave Grohl (who isn’t) called appropriately enough,

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“King Of The Mountain” . . : The Band Midnight Oil

I saw a news item today announcing that the forthcoming tour of Australian group Midnight Oil in support of a new album, Resist, will be their final one. The band was a fixture of Australia’s alternative rock scene but began to get

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“When Sunny Gets Blue” . . : Pat Martino 1944 – 2021

Pat Martino, jazz guitarist extraordinaire, passed away recently at the age of 77. Pat started out in the Philadelphia jazz scene, playing in the soul jazz organ combos of Charles Earland, Don Patterson and Jack McDuff. You can certainly hear

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“Back Porch Blues” . . . : The Videos of Justin Johnson

There’s something about acoustic blues guitar that can sooth the soul (at least mine) in ways that no other music can. My upbringing was about as far from the Mississippi Delta as you can get yet I can get lost

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“Lost In The Ozone Again” . . : George Frayne (aka Commander Cody) 1944 – 2021

Being a young Deadhead in the early Seventies, I was familiar with other bands that could be fitted into that very loose genre known as country rock. Actually, it didn’t matter very much if you were a deadhead or not,

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