A Monday Musing

Being vegan and athletic, I very rarely get sick. But the latter lifestyle choice does occasionally make for exhaustion – and never more so than if I’m training for a...
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The Mediums of Music

When interviewing older musicians, the tables are frequently turned, and I find myself asked for my opinion on contemporary music – its merits, musical and otherwise, and to what extent...
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Don Covay 1938-2015

Researching this Wilson Pickett book can at times feel like I’m shadowing the Reaper. Pickett would have turned 74 this year, so it’s understandable that many of his peers have...
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Burn, Baby! Burn! The Autobiography of Magnificent Montague

  As you might expect given the Wilson Pickett biography I am researching, I am currently plowing my way through dozens of other hopefully relevant books, many of which deal...
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It Takes A Village… and then some

Almost four years after a fire gutted the building and with it, the book collection, our local Phoenicia Library celebrated its grand re-opening yesterday, Saturday January 17. In these days...
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Sandy Hook two years on: Does Social Media have a Social Conscience?

December 14 marks is the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. Not surprisingly, there is a considerable amount of metaphorical and physical ink being spilled on the opinion pages of...
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Ian McLagan: An Appreciation

I can’t profess to have known Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan in any great sense. But when I was researching my Keith Moon biography, I was (finally) able to secure an interview...
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The “Sunday Soul Sermon”

Swapped out my usual monthly, mid-week, 150-minute show on WGXC for a Sunday evening two-hour special, flexing off my travels and research and interviews for my Wilson Pickett biography. Thoroughly enjoyed...
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