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Talking Blues, Pt.4 

Indeed. I had hoped to have a demo version for you this week, but alas.... You'll have to content yourselves with the final verse and hope for the best next Monday. At least that's what I'm going to do. If…

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Talking Blues Pt. 3 

I know I've tortured you with the first two installments of my new tune "Talking Blues", and this week is no exception. Here's the second verse:
 

An enormous amount of hubris defines your insolence 
Propped up as you are…

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Talking Blues, Pt. 2 

If you checked in last week you were subjected to the first verse of "Talking Blues". The Chorus (to follow) was written first, actually, a few weeks ago. It was one of those things that popped up, landed in a…

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Talking Blues, Pt. 1 

One of my favorite Blues idioms, and one that you seldom hear these days, is Talking Blues. A sub-genre of Country Blues and a precursor to Rap, the combination of lyrical content and the free form style in which it…

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Presidents Day 

I'm sure the current president of our country believes this day is about him, him and only him. I mean, have there ever been any other presidents come before? In addition to another day off of school for your kids…

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When Old Is New Again (Finished Versus Done) 

Last year I made a commitment (ill-fated, as it turned out) to learn more music theory. My resolve lasted all of about three weeks - until a friend came to my rescue and showed me a system he developed that…

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Content With The Content? 

Writing songs is a tricky business. Sometimes it's soooo easy it scares me. Sometimes (more often), it's a tortuous, solitary kind of mining, working to unearth that which lies buried. It often seems like those song that come easy and…

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You Ain't Rollin' Solo. Honest. 

I'm primarily a solo performer these days - it's much easier for me at the moment given family dynamics, high school sports responsibilities and general time management. I am, however, performing more often in a duo format with a good…

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We Should All Have A Dream 

Dreams. Remember dreams? We've all had 'em. Some of us still do, and although our dreams at 16 might be different from our dreams at 50 they are still important, still worth pursuing. My dreams are different from yours, no…

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost 

I've been accused - and rightly so - of not having a clearly defined life path. It's true. And while I used to envy (somewhat) those friends of mine who seemed to know  at a very young age exactly what…

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Stop, Hey, What's That Sound? 

New year, resolutions and paradigm shifts, throwing off of old and embracing new, reluctance (and refusal) to change, fake this, fake that, spin spin and more spin, paradigm shifts, anti-this, anti-that, (who's on first, anyway?) corruption, collusion, abstraction, contusion, mis-management…