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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…

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine June 2019 I’ve been watching a lot of baseball lately, and like others before me, I have realized that most things in life can be compared to baseball.  Baseball is Life, as it were…
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3-2-1 Draw!

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine May 2019 There’s a dreaded question in the cybersphere from venue owners and booking contacts that we band leaders are posed from time to time and, every time, it makes my skin crawl, my…
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Conundrum

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine April 2019 For those following along, we’ve been discussing here why musicians do what they do, even at the age of 80 and beyond.  Thank you all for your insights and personal reasons for…
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Why Do We STILL Do It

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine March 2019 Three years ago, in this very blog, I asked the rhetorical question of we musicians – Why Do We Do It?  If we never made it as a rock star by now…
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What’s in a Name

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine February 2019 Every morning when I wake up, before clapping my hands together and jumping out, I lay in bed and think about things…things I have to do that day, things I don’t want…
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Out of the Closet

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine January 2019 It has come to my attention, because due to certain circumstances I have been forced to actually pay attention to people – listening to what they are saying – casually observing them…
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Music, Actually

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine December 2018 The time is nigh for Christmas movies.  Love ’em or hate ’em, some just stick.  For me, it’s that crazy, multiple story-line, mish-mash of wonder:  “Love, Actually.”  It’s about a broken-down, dried-up…
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Hoodwinked!

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine November 2018 Ever been swindled?  Tricked?  Played the fool?  Are you the person who gets sucked into taking in the stray cat, and then the cat costs you $400 for meds?  Do you go…
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To the Bitter End

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine October 2018 Some of us, as we grow older, tend to get a little bitter.  Things haven’t gone according to plan.  Life gets in the way, as it were.  Luck isn’t on our side…
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Back to School

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine September 2018 You’re never too old to learn something new, especially when it comes to music.  Music is like this vast, unbridled, unchartered universal thing that never stops giving.  Somebody’s always finding new ones…
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Keep on Rollin’

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine August 2018 When I was 16-years old, my band and I opened for REO Speedwagon on the back of a flatbed truck at the Groton Submarine Base here in Connecticut for the annual “Subfest.”…