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Boys of Summer

I can’t tell you how much I love the Beach Boys.  Not the boys themselves, but the notion of them, the thought of them, the aura of them, the smell of Tropicana.  They were my first concert at the Yale…

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Summertime Blues

Sometimes I want desperately to cancel gigs, but my darn work ethic and guilt get in the way. I like BOOKING gigs, because they make me feel wanted, and make my band calendar look full, but I don’t always like…

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Opening Acts

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine May 2018 As an unknown Indie band, opening for a national act can gain you tons of potential new fans, super bragging rights, and you can write “Shared the Stage With….” on your web…
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Lessons in Life

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine April 2018 Growing up, I had a love of music that I will attempt to explain here. It all started in a Catholic church in Groton, Connecticut and the Folk Group Mass. I had…
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Fish, Pipes & Pandemonium

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine March 2018 Lenten fish dinner specials are my fav. This time of year here on Long Island Sound, everything imaginable is plucked from the sea by dedicated busy fishermen and women in a frenzied…
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#Musicianship Goals

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine February 2018 The beginning of a new year is always such a joyous and hopeful time for bands. Just like normal people, bands set goals, make resolutions and promise themselves all kinds of things…
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*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine January 2018 Music died the day dawned on the digital age, people say. Nobody buys music anymore, as we all know. There are so many ingenious ways of stealing newly created music I could…
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Holiday Muffin Pondering

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine December 2017 I woke this morning to an overwhelming sense of optimism.  My pre-programmed cynicism toward the impending gluttony of the holiday season and all things doom and gloom had vanished without a trace…
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Album Listening Party

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine November 2017 Before the invention of the .MP3, those handy little files that allow people to listen to music on their computers, sitting around and listening to music with your friends used to be…
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We Not Be Jammin’ Mon

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine October 2017 One of the true pleasures in life is growing old.  You get awesome experiences and wisdom and you get to go to lots of places and do lots of things.  It’s a…
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No Listen No Try

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine September 2017 Solo acoustic artists are a courageous bunch.  They’re alone in a corner, like they did something wrong, playing to an audience that is most likely there for the food or the conversation…
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Moosting Salad

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine August 2017 Sometimes at gigs we get requests.  This is a given.  We are there to entertain, and it’s kind of our job to give the people what they want.  However, there are some…