March 18, 2019

First off, thanks for the comments, on this website and on Facebook, regarding part one of  my last blog, "This Land Was Made For You... And Me." All the comments were welcome, and I particularly appreciated the polite way in which the ideas were fra...

March 4, 2019

I was naive. A few years ago, I really thought we were getting beyond racism. In my own little world, my friends and acquaintances who are of different races and nationalities got along with each other. At least any differences we had weren’t related...

December 22, 2018


“Hello, my lovely,” said the saleswoman at the furniture store.

“Thank you, my lovely,” smiled the Tamar Bridge toll-lady. 

“There you are, my lovely,” chirped the waitress at the National Trust cafe counter, as she presented two steaming mince pies a...

November 12, 2018

It was tough getting to sleep. It had been a perfect day, until now. I felt like an idiot. I wracked my brain, trying to reconstruct events. I had brought our carry on bag in from the car in Strasbourg and… left it behind the bathroom door in our hot...

October 29, 2018

First off, welcome back. I know at least one of you has been on the edge of your seat, wondering how the rest of this summer’s romantic comedy will end. (You know who you are). Secondly, my apologies to director Stanley Kramer for blatantly appropria...

October 15, 2018

Well, here we are again, another fall. Not that I mind, of course. I’ve always loved fall; leaves turning, a sudden nip in the air, a new school year starting. When I was a kid, going back to school often meant being confronted with a loathsome first...

June 11, 2018

Last week, Marion and I traveled to Concord, Massachusetts, a town which the U.S. Census Bureau refers to as part of “Greater Boston.” To refer to Concord as merely a Boston suburb doesn’t do it justice. To the casual eye, Concord is like many other...

May 28, 2018

Hello there, it’s been a while. My last blog went out at the end of 2017. I had intended to take a break for the holidays, stay off Facebook for a while, and generally coast comfortably into the New Year. What happened? Well, I found that I kind of l...

December 11, 2017

“And so this is Christmas… and what have you done?” Well, to answer John Lennon, quite a lot in 2017. Musically speaking, I released a blues album, “Goin’ To Clarksdale,” and a Christmas single, “Run Rudolph Run” b/w “Silver Bells,” all available exc...

November 20, 2017

“If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.” That’s what they say in New England. It may be an exaggeration, but not by much. At the moment, the wind is howling, whipping up waves on the creek behind our home resembling an ocean storm. On the c...

November 6, 2017

This is not the blog I wanted to write. I had planned to share my latest musical project, something that gives me a lot of joy, and something I’m anxious to share with my friends and fans. As usual, I had been mulling ideas for a few days, and was ab...

October 24, 2017

Harvey Weinstein. Within the last couple of weeks, his public reputation has gone from that of “Producer/Mogul” to “Sexual Predator.” The revelations of a number of women in Hollywood have led to hundreds, if not thousands, of “Me Too” posts on socia...

October 9, 2017

What a week. Las Vegas…Tom Petty. A shattering, one-two punch; not quite a knockout, but close. We’ll stand up, shake ourselves off, and try to move forward. There aren’t words to adequately sum up the horror and loss of the Las Vegas shooting. As a...

September 25, 2017

I recently received an email in response to my blog, “Swimming UpStream,” from a young musician in Germany. He had written previously to say that he had enjoyed my CD, and is a multi-instrumentalist, interested in pursuing a career in music. After re...

September 11, 2017

“Crooked as a dog’s hind leg.” That’s what my dad would say. When it comes to the music business, he wouldn’t be far from wrong. There are myriad stories of shady record deals, crooked managers, unscrupulous contracts, unpaid royalties, and bankrupt...

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