8/21/14 Exposure is Overrated

Now that CD sales are as lost as a certain Dutchman’s mines, streaming audio is in the process of killing music downloads, and travel expenses are relentless, the NFL has the gall to ask the top-shelf acts they are considering for the half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl to pay them for the honor…

8/15/14 Short Wakes

Ones reputation is like a shadow. It is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows…Charles Maurice de Talleyrand I quote Talleyrand often. He was a cold-hearted, fish-blooded, disloyal, yet indispensable French Foreign Minister who single-handedly invented modern diplomacy in the service of French monarchs, emperors, and republics. None of…

6/28/14 I Simply Must

Yes, I simply must. So here I sit at this keyboard with the overpowering need to write something, but nothing to write about. I seem to go through this every summer, and it is very early in the summer, the solstice just passed a week ago. Usually, my writer’s malaise coincides with the late summer…

6/11/14 Bad Houseguests

Fish and visitors begin to stink after three days Benjamin Franklin “How long will they be here?” Debbie asked me. “Just a couple of days,” I lied, referring to some of my somewhat impecunious musician friends on their grand tour of honky-tonks all around the region. “How many of them will there be?” she asked,…

4/24/14 For the Sheer Joy of It

Once, I made good money playing music. Once, I sold lots of CD’s. Once, there were venues that hosted my kind of music, which is the singer/songwriter type, the concert listening type. Once, I had a lot more energy than I do now. Once….well, once….! I was never any good as a barroom entertainer, primarily…

1/1/14 Remarkable New Year’s Eve

It wasn’t much, really. Just a few fireworks and champagne glasses with champagne for the grownups and cola for the girls and a clock set forward two hours so that it read midnight for the doubly-excited Livi and Maggie. I’m not sure if Maggie even understands the concept of the new year, but she understood…