Monthly Archives: July 2014

Opa’s Banjo: a fourstr story

John H. Daum was my wife’s maternal grandfather. To Andrea and her brothers and sisters he was their Opa. One of the earliest memories that Andrea has of her Opa comes from when she was a very little girl and … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Woodrow Wilson Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born on this day, July 14, in 1912. He was the third of five children of Charley and Nora Guthrie of Okemah, OK. It wasn’t long before family and friends started calling him “Woody.” Many years later, The Penguin Encyclopedia … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Ringo Starr

On Saturday, August 18, 1962, at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, England, Ringo Starr played his first official gig as the drummer for The Beatles. Part of what made Ringo the perfect person for the job was his voice. … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Bill Withers

This past Spring, two of my best guitar students, N and A, learned the song “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. N, the singer/guitarist of this very talented duo was inspired to learn “Ain’t No Sunshine” from a YouTube video … Continue reading

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Remaining Seas

There are some songwriters who come up with a title first, then write the song to go with it. This song is the only song I ever wrote that way. The title was a typo. Back in the Fall of 2003, … Continue reading

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