My favourite story about Pete Seeger: Back in the days when I was required to attend huge folk music events, I had an encounter with Pete Seeger. Between showcases, I had been advised to attend so called “workshops”. They’re not really workshops. They are kind of see and be seen affairs, schmooze a little, network, […]
If I must set an alarm – I hate having to – I choose to wake to music instead of a computer generated sound sample from my phone. I tried one of the iPhone samples once and woke to what I thought was an invasion of aliens. Not an easy entrance into the day. Recently, […]
On Monday, we return to the complicated country of Italy, paradoxically so elegant and beautiful while so politically rough and – well – less than beautiful. And yet it continues to charm. Rhythms change from region to region, customs vary – sometimes dramatically. Salted bread? Unsalted bread? Fork and knife for pizza? Hands? A fork […]
Just back from the magical Star Island ( http://starisland.org/ ) part of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. Writer’s in the Round – poets, songwriters – all meeting to cross-pollinate. It was my pleasure to be a facilitator – teaching is too strong a word. The great difference between this experience and previous songwriting […]
I’m thinking of my sister Jane who would have been 51 today. And, of course, I think of my mum. Both gone. Both missed.
Lynn Miles – Downpour. I’ve been listening to this CD for a few weeks. It’s addicting. Every song is good – several are great. They make me want to put my guitar down and never again touch it. The only downside is that I wake with those songs in my head, not my own. This […]