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May 22, 2014

Makes sense

Check this out. Smart.

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, […]

September 11, 2013

Star Island – The Isles of Shoals

Just back from the magical Star Island ( )  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 […]

June 18, 2013

Lynn Miles – Downpour

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 […]

April 05, 2013

Lambs In Spring

Folks, in a few days “Lambs In Spring”, Raylene’s first CD, will be available for download on iTunes, CDBaby, and most of the other digital download sites. I know, but had forgotten, how beautiful it is. There’s an added poignancy, now that she is gone. I’ll post the details when I receive them…hope you seek […]

February 11, 2013

Goodbye, Gillis Mountain

Last night, a dear friend gave me a copy of Diane Keaton’s biography “Then Again”.  It was bookmarked to an end chapter and my friend asked if I would read those few pages aloud. Those pages listed the small things that fade and sink into memory – children’s play, things found, songs sung. Imagine my […]

February 04, 2013

Bluebird North(east)

What a time at the Music Room on Saturday night. For years now, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) has held song circles named Bluebird North in homage to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Great little showcases of writers which (usually) leave behind the schtick and schmooze of the the bid’ness of songwriting. They’re always […]

February 01, 2013

The Voice

Doing a show at the Carleton with Shari Ulrich on May 12th…really looking forward to it. She’s shamefully good…dang. And a great human being.  Details to follow….

December 18, 2012

A long good-bye

Today the last Rankin, Church and Crowe CD was ordered by someone in Victoria. Things move toward a professional ending, but Raylene will be with us in spirit always. We cherish that recording we did together . We came together in an odd sort of way. Not thrust together, but cobbled together. This is how […]

October 09, 2012

One day in an airport

A happy day – teaching Raylene to text.  Missing her everyday.