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 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...

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...

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...

August 7, 2017

It’s been fifty years since the release of The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the album many consider the band’s finest achievement. The album was actually released on June 2, 1967 in the United States, so I’m using the “fifty years...

June 12, 2017

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I’m very happy to be able to reach out to friends and fans in this way. I want to thank my wife, Marion Walmsley, for building this website. The design and most of the photos are hers. We had a lot of fun putting this t...

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