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I Am 60 Today

In the 1950s:

We had a 19” Black & White TV.  I watched this and laughed.

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Trance Planting

High Desert Dream, by Sam Weis

One of the nice things about having creative friends is that you enjoy and pay attention to their work, and it inspires you to produce work yourself.  It’s an effect of the originating energy of all art. Continue reading


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Scratching Post

The cats and I each have items used to exercise our paws.

My period of relevance has passed.  I’m enjoying my life very much, but I know I am out-of-sync with current culture. Continue reading


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The Poet-Lifesaver

After yesterday’s tale of my journey from showbiz to healthcare, you’ll be able to see why the subject of today’s article is someone I admire. He has led a life of romance and adventure in exotic, faraway lands. Continue reading


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Joan the Muse

It isn’t hard to make the case that Joni Mitchell is one of the finest songwriters who have ever walked the Earth.  As if that weren’t enough, she’s also one of the most inventive guitarists, and an able lyricist for another’s work, and she can paint, and she’s intelligent and beautiful.  Thank God she’s addicted to cigarettes. Continue reading


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The Sensuous Strings (Part Three)

Close Encounters with Genius

Whether you are a dedicated amateur (like me), or a trained professional musician, at some point you have wished to stand upon the shoulders of a giant.  There was someone you knew (or knew of) who played in a way you wished you could play.  Their playing was part of what drove you to practice Continue reading


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The Sensuous Strings (Part Two)

Bars, Bands and Mayhem

The first places I played guitar and sang in were coffeehouses.  Soon after I graduated to restaurants and wine & beer establishments.  I learned a lot of songs and stage techniques from the more experienced players.  I wrote a few songs, but I was fully aware they weren’t as good as ones I had learned Continue reading


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The Sensuous Strings (Part One)

Meeting a New Love

There’s nothing more sensually satisfying to play than acoustic instruments.  You may enjoy ones that make lots of noise, like drums and other percussion.  You might want the ones that allow for long, stroking movements, the family of bowed strings.  You may prefer oral play, and there are horns and wind instruments for that.  I like one I can hold close, Continue reading


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The Secret Concert

Since you seemed to enjoy that last post about fame, and one of our commenters remarked about unpaid performing, here’s a story about a performance given with no advertisement, no recording and none to know about it besides the few who were there, except for you here now who may read about it.  It was the most powerful artistic experience I’ve ever had. Continue reading


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