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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…