Desperados 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine March 2020 We musicians can be a desperate bunch. We act like “we’re all that” but we’re really not. We desperately want to show off our stuff because there’s some inner drive within us that…

Stars 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine February 2020 Every Winter in New England I go outside onto my deck and look up. The stars are so bright this time of year. I see Orion’s Belt, the Little Dipper and as if…

Hope 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine January 2020 I heard a hootin’ owl howling out my window last night, just like the song, “She went calling Wild Flower…,” the one with the epic piano coda at the end. In the song, the…

Good Girls and Boys 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine December 2019 As year-end approaches, we humans tend to ponder things, as we are slaves to our calendars, apple watches, and cell phone alarms. Tis the season to wonder why everything went so wrong the past…

World Series of Rock 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine November 2019 We couldn’t believe it, but my sister and I had finally secured a gig at Madison Square Garden. Years of music business drudgery and beaten down dreams had come to this. On the day,…

Intestinal Fortitude 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine October 2019 No matter which musical level we’re on, it takes an inner strength beyond our talent and years of practiced skill to get through a show. No matter what our problems and distractions are, if…

Got ‘Em!” 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine September 2019 At live performances, it only takes one person to start paying attention, then it spreads, like a really cool virus seeping into everybody’s beers throughout the club. And if that one person who…

Bad Rep 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine August 2019 When Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” came on the radio the other day, I pondered things. Not only is it a kick-a** song, but the message is clear: She don’t care one iota about her…

Too Loud 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine July 2019 You can hear it in the distance over the din of the never sleeping highway. It floats over the trees and across the fields. It comes in and out, but you know…