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I Broke Down and Listend to Laura Nyro

Ok, ok, I try to be tough sometimes. Playing in a Tori Amos tribute show recently made me rethink that. I was raising my eyebrows looking at her lyrics, and wondering how I was going to learn the songs. While I meagerly pulled off my contribution to my act's performance ...
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Which Hand Are You Going to Ache?

A good friend of mine a friend I met by accident taking a book from a free book case on the street the kinds with the glass front and a little door you open with a knob He started talking to me as I was carrying a guitar case and ...
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Burning the Love Letters

On a rare night off, I am home, and it's winter, so the radiator is on. I start smelling something burning and look high and low. It seems to be coming from by the window. Is the radiator broken? Is the stove left on? Is there something burning downstairs? I ...
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I’m Listening to Lonnie Smith Instead of Your Indie Band

Review: Lonnie Smith: THINK (Side B) After an indie band reached out to me to do an interview yet at the time, I did not feel like partaking in any indie rock with acoustic guitar, and weighing in on if it was "folk" or not. I shook my head. The ...
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20 Songs vs. 200 Songs

I am not even sure there are photos of me when I first started playing guitar because I was playing the guitar and not posing in front of a camera. Marketing wasn't even a word that came to mind when I thought of guitar. Nor was blogging, draw, online, social ...
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The Subtleties of Peggy

I am learning "I Don't Know Enough About You" and despite it being a straight ahead little song, there's a lot of subtlety in it. The first 8 bars where she starts singing, the held notes between the 4th and 5th measures are quite winding. It's fascinating to count through ...
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Gig Report: Cafe Show 8/25/19

I love coffee. I have loved it even more with time. I even fantasized about have a zine (oh yes, a zine) called COFFEEHOUSE Magazine that is filled with local poetry, song lyrics, an event listing, some politcal ranting, and some artwork for good measure. Coffeeshops sometimes seem to be ...
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Gig Report: 8/24/19

"Let's play with rhythm," I said as I started out the night. I wanted to change the songs into something new, after all a folk tune can become reggae with a mere flick of the wrist. "Only if it makes the songs better," quipped Victor, an astute musician and observer ...
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A ‘”Hot Club” Feel’ on “Comes Love” says Review from Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance

Sheryl and Don Crow of the Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance have weighed in on my new jazz single and I am on cloud 10! It says: It has a “Hot Club” feel, thanks mightily to the contributions of the backing players—Chicago jazz legend Dennis Luxion is on piano, and ...
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“Comes Love” in Record Stores: Vintage Vinyl, Rattleback and Reckless Records

"Comes Love" is in the following local record stores, phone first to make sure: Vintage Vinyl Records (Evanston) Website: vvmo.com Phone: (847) 328-2899 Address: 925 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201 Rattleback Records (Andersonville neighborhood, Chicago) Website: rattlebackrecords.com Phone: (773) 944-0188 Address: 5405 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 Reckless Records (Chicago LOOP) Website: reckless.com Phone: (312) 795-0878 Address: 26 ...
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