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UPDATE: 2016

While there's not been music made nor shows played here for some time. This clunky little website stays up, however, as a record of musical activities that took place between roughly 1993 and 2011

 

Also because, who knows...someday I might…

Meditation at McSorley's


In the hyper-touristy city of the woo-woo globetrotting wealth elite that Manhattan has become, I find that I have to go out of my way and have some kind of plan involving timing and location in order to find a

The Song & The Scene - "Lodi" by CCR

 

Inspired by a conversation with a friend about how specific moments in your life come to be associated with certain songs, and viceversa. Call it the Soundtrack Syndrome. Here's a story of one of those moments.

Song: "Lodi" by…

Child-rearing Advice from Rock Stars

 

I was in a local 99-cent store the other day when this familiar kernal of wisdom descended from somewhere in the ceiling:

"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell. And there's…

The Poetry of Raymond Chandler, Pulp Novelist


It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and the look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and…

Thoughts on Levon Helm (1940-2012)

 

On Tuesday morning, I think it was, or maybe Monday...just before the news broke that Levon Helm was in his final hours, I got home from work and picked The Last Waltz off of the DVD shelf. It was about…

Winter Comes Early and a Poem that Fits

 

 

T.S. Eliot

 

I have trouble with poetry. It's the foundation of what I do as a lyricist, yet so often when I try to read poetry, whether classic or contemporary, I just can't connect with it. The language often comes…

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Back to the East Coast

 

I’m moving back to New York this week after 7 years in L.A. When I get settled on the other coast I’ll finish mixing those 5 new songs I promised some months ago and I’ll post them here for download.

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Who Stepped on His Blue Suede Shoes?

 

 

I was in a certain mega-bookstore chain this morning (doesn’t matter which chain…there are only 2 left in the world and they’re both the same) when I heard a song playing on the in-store sound system that convinced me that…

Is That the Nighthawks diner in "Blast of Silence?"

 

 

A few months ago I got caught up in the mystery of the diner that inspired the iconic Edward Hopper painting Nighthawks. Did it exist? If so, where exactly was it? Was the building demolished or was it still…