Monthly Archives: May 2012

So Long, Doc

Arthel “Doc” Watson died yesterday, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was 89 years old. Doc Watson played acoustic guitar in both the flat-picking and fingerpicking style. Whether you called it Folk or Country or Bluegrass, the … Continue reading

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This Historic Day… My Father

Francis Matthew Sinclair, my father, was born on this day, May 27, in the year 1915. He was the son of Joseph F. and Mary (Winkler) Sinclair and lived almost his entire life in Exeter, NH. He graduated from Exeter High … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Bob Dylan

Today – May 24, 2012 – is Bob Dylan’s 71st birthday. Two years ago, in celebration of Bob’s big day, I asked: “What is your favorite Bob Dylan song?”  Many of you posted your answer through the “leave a comment” … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Maybellene”

On May 21, 1955, Chuck Berry recorded his song “Maybellene” in the Chicago, Illinois studio of Chess Records. On May 21, 2010, I wrote and published my first post filled with all the details of this momentous musical event. I … Continue reading

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“The Reason I’m Here”

Musically, it’s a waltz. Lyrically, it’s a love song, with two verses, a chorus and a bridge: “I know how it might seem, but you’re still the reason I need to believe.” (As true now as it was then.) Guitaristically, I play … Continue reading

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Wrestling With The Angel, Chapter 3

Montgomery Ward stood at one end of the Newington Mall. Bradlees stood at the other. In the 1970’s and ’80’s, the Newington Mall (“It’s one big store, it’s one big store…”) was the destination shopping center in this southeast corner of New Hampshire. In … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger is always good for a quote. My favorite is from the introduction to his children’s book Abiyoyo (1985): “Practice may not make perfect but it sure as hell makes for improvement.” From The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Judy Collins

She wanted a guitar. It was 1967, she was going into the 8th grade and Andrea wanted a guitar. So, she saved up her hard-earned babysitting money and on September 29, 1967, Andrea spent $28.00 on a small-bodied, nylon string acoustic guitar … Continue reading

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