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Drawing by Jessica Abel

When you juggle day job and music (especially if you enjoy more than one music project), it's a challenge to keep things going. There's gigs to book and rehearsals (to power through after a…

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happy birthday, cyril!

Today's the birthday of a dear friend we lost way too soon, Cyril Barrett (also known as Larry). He is to this day one of my few models of total integrity as a person and an artist. He was…

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marvin gaye and what some executives don't understand

Did you know that the record label HATED "What's Going On?", the seminal masterpiece put out by Marvin Gaye and co-written by Four Tops member Renaldo "Obie" Benson  in the wake of police brutality against anti-war protestors?  Barry Gordy of Motown Records called it…

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