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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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A Musician’s Carol

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine December 2016  Ghost of Music Past “Suzy darling, do you remember when you were 8-years old?” said the cheery-eyed apparition who appeared out of nowhere. “Heck no! I’m lucky I can remember what I…
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Give The People What They Want

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine November 2016 In the entertainment industry it is standard practice to give the people what they want. This is actually a contradiction in terms. If I gave the people what they wanted, I would…
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Calluses, Meniere’s, and Large Uvulas

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine October 2016 Like a professional athlete, a professional musician must stay in shape, or else you do things like pass out on stage, pee yourself on stage, or get weird leg cramps in the…
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How to Get Along Like Fleetwood Mac

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine September 2016 These two are married and currently not on speaking terms. These two are getting a divorce but are in really good moods. These two are having an affair. This one’s leaving, this…
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Under The Covers

*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine August 2016 Does anybody understand “BREXIT?” Heck No! Does anybody understand the Department of Justice’s latest decision regarding consent and licensing and royalties controlled by Performing Rights Organizations ASCAP and BMI? All the more…