Category Archives: music

An Army of Lovers Saves Me from a Nightmare on Commercial Street

First things first. MY SECOND BOOK IS OUT! I am the proud mama of An Army of Lovers: Women’s Music of the ‘70s and ‘80s. A fan described the book well; she also pumped up my already-substantial musician’s ego: “I … Continue reading

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Open mikes: they’re more than lousy guitar players

A wanna-be rock star mashes through chords he can barely play while singing notes unknown to humankind as you sit, patiently waiting your turn to perform. Many of us have been there. There’s an open mike in my town that … Continue reading

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Hallelujah

When I first got the day hospice gig, I envisioned beds filled with weak looking people, surrounded by solemn loved ones, my soothing music helping them rest. Turns out they’d rather hear “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” or “Wagon Wheel.” I play in … Continue reading

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Getting started with the ukulele

You’ve purchased this cool little instrument, now what? In this post I’ll show you how to hold it plus a simple strum and a few chords.

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He played real good for free: live music in New York City

This is a travelogue of my recent trip to the Big Apple. I promise it’ll be more interesting than your Aunt Edna’s slide show of her trip to Boca. I discovered lots of great music, much of it for free … Continue reading

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Ukuleles in Hawaii: There were beaches?

There I was in Waikiki while my wife was running the Honolulu Marathon. I’m the one sipping coffee at the finish line, waiting for her. The whole day before she had to prepare. The day after she was recuperating. That … Continue reading

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Recording my album, part two. No fancy shoes.

I thought recording was all about the shoes (see last post) but alas. Here’s part two about my journey to making a new album. No fancy shoes but lots of fancy playing.

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