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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.   Sounds crazy…

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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 an activity,…

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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 privilege lots…

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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 with their…

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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 songs that…

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Festivus

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine July 2017 Summer is here finally. Time for outdoor music festivals, beach concerts, rockfests and mega jams. I run into people and they ask, “Excited for summer? You going to have lots of gigs?…

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Noise

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine June 2017 From out on my back deck in the woods of Stonington, CT I hear all kinds of noise.  Tractor trailer truck tires hitting the highway’s shoulder rivets, dirt bikes whirling the grounds of a…

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Rockin’ in the Natural World

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine May 2017 Creative people put up with a lot of stuff trying to create.  From interruptions, to computer problems to writer’s block, it’s a wonder we get anything done at all.  But come springtime, when…

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Big City Giggin’

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine April 2017 I haven’t lived an extraordinary life. I haven’t survived horrific abuse or imprisonment, haven’t fought for democracy in any foreign wars, and haven’t saved the life of anybody. I’ve never broken a bone.…

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Get Outa Town!

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine March 2017 When you get nice and comfortable with your musical act and have a substantial fan base filling up the bar stools at your gigs, you mistakenly believe that these fans will be your…

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Alternative Facts: Music Edition

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine February 2017 Here are a few fun alternative facts about the music industry for you: The Grammy Awards celebrate the best in music and is not a politically-charged, campaign-style feverish quest for votes wherein the…

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Winter Gigs

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine January 2017 It’s gonna be cold. It’s gonna be grey. And it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life, says Bill Murray.  Now is the winter of our discontent, as it were. The…