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music is life

Someone posted this quote in a forum on FaceBook and it struck me so deeply, I had to share. I knew Bruce was a poet but it still is lovely to see his writing outside of his iconic songs. This is from a speech he gave when he accepted the MusicCares Person of the Year Award in 2013. Needless to say, I stand with every word. And it's just good to be reminded sometimes...

"I’ve been a part of the miracle of music. I’ve seen people tired and depressed and weary and worn out, soul off. And I’ve seen them…

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blue blood super full moon fever

This photo of the moon was taken by my talented friend Julius Schlosburg.


“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of our desire to understand.” 

-- Neil Armstrong 

So Wednesday morning was a lunar trifecta: blue moon (second full moon in the same month), super moon (slightly closer to the earth and appears larger) and lunar eclipse (also known as a blood moon). The moon turns red during an eclipse (hence the term "blood moon") due to the Earth's atmosphere. (I'll just take "their" word for…

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girls just wanna be heard

My beloved sent me a link to an article on Billboard magazine, New Report Shows Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry, and it is an EYE OPENER!

This is a subject I'm of course sensitive to and have been aware of ever since I poked my head into the music industry years and years ago. I remember back in the mid-90s when Lilith Fair was a groundbreaking all female festival and my girlfriends and I were first outraged to learn that it was common 'wisdom' in radio to never play female…

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your own Golden Age

I believe that we, that this planet, hasn’t seen its Golden Age. Everybody says its finished … art’s finished, rock and roll is dead, God is dead. Fuck that! This is my chance in the world. I didn’t live back there in Mesopotamia, I wasn’t there in the Garden of Eden, I wasn’t there with Emperor Han, I’m right here right now and I want now to be the Golden Age …if only each generation would realise that the time for greatness is right now when they’re alive … the time to flower is now. 

- Patti Smith


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Ol' Tom: The Long Road to Simple FolkMusic Guitar

Here's another stream of folk consciousness from my veteran folk singer dad, Ol' Tom. It's brought up a lot of my own thoughts of what it means to make good ol' simple music that I'll post another time. Enjoy!

as I sat on the porch playing "PRETTYBOY FLOYD", "THE COO COO", "NO MORE CANE ON THE BRAZOS" and "SOUTHCOAST" I thought about how much I enjoyed acoustic guitar, most of all when played simply.  I thought back many years ago.  a bud played a disc called HOOTENANNY WITH THE HIGHWAYMEN.  I laughed at…

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Happy New Year!

Yes, I took a few days away from my computer as 2017 wound down.  It was pretty delicious! It's been a very sweet holiday after all - I felt like I was stepping away from the "shoulder to boulder" mode for a minute and drinking in my home, my family, life. With a fair amount of cookies. And now I'm ready to put away the decorations (and cookies) and get back to Work. I'm not big on resolutions, but I do think goals are important and here's my goal for 2018: write more songs.

For the first time, a few days…

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the lovely in-between

Just swooping in here post-Christmas so that I don't totally forget how to write during this lovely in-between time. I work for a university (not as a professor, but as part of an associated research division) and one of the lovely benefits is that EVERYBODY gets winter recess off - the time between Christmas and New Year's day. I'm actually being somewhat productive: Jamie is still chugging away at some new Silver Cloud Express recordings which means I'm popping in every now and then to lay down new bass…

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another holiday video playlist

Oh, sure everyone's doing it. But what the heck, I don't see these listed anywhere, so this is what I'm bringing to the holiday turntable!

Jill Sobule's version of "Merry Christmas From the Family"  - originally penned by Robert Earl Keen, Jill's version of a redneck trailer park kinda' Christmas was the first one I heard and it's still one of my favorite Xmas tunes:

and you know what, the original version is cool too, so here you go:

Then there's Emmylou Harris - who can sing anything and you'd be…

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sonic solstice

Today is the shortest day of the year - celebrated since humans had fire to fight back against the dark. It also reminds me of a lovely solstice day Jamie and I had a few years back in 2009. It was one of the early iterations of The Modeens, with our good friend Fen Ikner on drums. Local radio station KXCI had invited us to join their Sonic Solstice program that day - a program of all local musicians playing their versions of Christmas carols. We had just started playing in town, so we felt like the new…

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what could be simpler right now?

Horoscopes to me are more like that idea of holding a question in your mind, then opening a book at a random page and blindly pointing to passage to find your answer. If the writer is interesting, then you're bound to find an interesting message or a sudden click of neurons inspiring an answer to some inward puzzle. It may not be magic per se, but it still has it's uses .

Lately, I've been checking out the horoscope of the week by naimonu james - I've completely forgotten whose random Instagram post led me…

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