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Retail Therapy

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine September 2020 We’ve all had to do what we had to do during COVID-19.  Some of us have taken this time to reflect and really focus on what’s important.  Some of us explored new…
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Nautical Notes

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine August 2020 I’ve been spending a lot of time around boats and pretty much zero time with my guitar and it got me thinking. Why are there so many analogies about boats anyway? Is…
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Improv

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine July 2020 Improvisation in music is a time-honored skill reserved for the best of the best musicians. In jazz, it’s downright required to have the skill. In rock, we call it jamming. In theatre…
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Miss You

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine June 2020 When I owned a music consignment shop a dude came in one day asking for stage lighting. He said it was for a very important show for a very important superstar. I…
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Dried Up

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine May 2020 I popped open my green bottle of CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara for the first time in 48 days just to see how she was doing and as expected, she was all dried…
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Pandemonium

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine April 2020 For my musician friends: I know you all have been bombarded with emails and newspaper articles on “what to do if you are an out of work musician during this global pandemic.”…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…