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November 28, 2017

Life and golf

The end of 2017 approaches and I cast my mind back to its beginning. Stirring with the joyful anticipation of new places, new projects, happy reunions and renewed zeal for whatever lies ahead, I approached it like the naive golf approaches the next tee-off, imagining that long straight drive, the solid shot from the fairway, […]

March 15, 2017

The Road To Stanfest

My favourite job. 2017 Songwriters Poster

May 22, 2014

Makes sense

Check this out. Smart. http://www.laurarheaume.com/

January 28, 2014

The Observer

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, […]

December 10, 2009

List of lists – re-post and update

Now I know, this book is called The Pillow Book by  Sei Shonagon. Thank you, Jo Edgett. Years ago, I flipped through a book at a friend’s house and have since regretted not buying my own copy. It was a books of lists written many years ago, if I recall, by a Japanese woman of noble […]

December 01, 2009

Long day ended

It’s been a day of endless small details, dropped server connections, lost tax numbers and a numb backside from sitting at the computer. Uploads, downloads, emails, answered and unanswered phone calls. Not a musical day. Not even a thoughtful day. There are guitars hanging on the wall of my small studio. I walk by it […]

November 27, 2009

One Art – Elizabeth Bishop

One Art – Elizabeth Bishop The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster, Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing […]

October 28, 2009

Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins is playing Sunday night @ the Rebecca Cohn auditorium . Definitely the real thing. Great writer, singer and very solid guitar player. Just straight-ahead, a timeless beauty of a voice – no squeals, yelps or breathy whispering. In other words, a woman’s voice – not a little girl’s. Whatever the ineffable thing is that […]

October 28, 2009

Thornton Wilder

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey is one of the finest books I’ve  read. This was Thornton Wilder’s “breakthrough” book. What does that mean? Breakthrough. Most people know him for Our Town. He once said something to the effect of “every actor should read ‘Our Town‘ every five years”. It’s like any art, I guess – […]