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It wasn’t supposed to end like this

“The thing about the Heartbreakers is, it’s still holy to me,” he said with no air of loftiness or pretense. “There’s a holiness there. If that were to go away, I don’t think I would be interested in it, and … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – Stille Nacht

“Stille Nacht” is Silent Night in German. On this night, 102 years ago, millions of young men in Europe lay shivering in trenches in northern France. The finest summer anyone could remember had erupted into the most violent war the … Continue reading

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Irreplaceable

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – from “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen Those who know Leonard Cohen’s poetry, music, novels, and songs, know … Continue reading

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Young Jimmy in Flanders

This day began on a solemn note. Personal business had taken me to the city where my parents are buried. I stopped by the cemetery on my way out, pulled some dandelions and left some flowers. Such a visit puts … Continue reading

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All trees must pass

George Harrison spent the last years of his life in Los Angeles. In 2004, three years after his passing, a memorial pine tree was planted in his memory in Griffith Park. Harrison, an avid gardener, would probably have enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Taj Mahal!!

Today is the birthday of Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr., one of my all time favorite blues musicians, whose stage name is Taj Mahal.  He was born May 17, 1942, in Harlem to musical parents. His mother sang in a gospel … Continue reading

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Remembering Kate Wolf

Lately I’ve been thinking about Kate Wolf (1942-1986), a singer and songwriter from this part of the country who was just beginning to draw national attention when leukemia took her at the age of 44.  Growing up, she listened to … Continue reading

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In memory of Pete Seeger

“The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” – Pete Seeger, 1994 I was fortunate enough to hear Pete when he dropped by to play several informal concerts at the … Continue reading

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