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This Historic Day In Music: “Blowin’ In The Wind” – Take 2

This blog has two mottos. “Good music doesn’t get old.” – Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe “All valuable stories need to be told over and over again.” – Bruce Springsteen Therefore, this post. Also, quite sadly, this song is … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Richard Starkey

Richard Starkey was born on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He was the only child of Richard and Elsie (Gleave) Starkey. Richard was thirteen years old when he contracted pleurisy and then developed tuberculosis. He was hospitalized for well … Continue reading

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Mississippi John Hurt

The birthday of singer/guitarist Mississippi John Hurt has always been celebrated here at sixstr stories as having been on July 3, 1893. The first post commemorating the day appeared on July 3, 2010 under the heading “On This Day In … Continue reading

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Some Kind Of Smelling Salts: “Little Blue Number”

Some Kind Of Smelling Salts features songs from my personal playlist of musical stimulants and audio caffeine delivery systems; a distinct selection of creations and performances that I find to be deliciously intoxicating, undeniably invigorating and unapologetically addictive. Listening not … Continue reading

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Finding Covers – “Bootlegger’s Blues”

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Second Edition, 1989, edited by Donald Clarke) defines a tribute album as an album “of various artists paying tribute to another artist.” Given my fondness for a good cover, you’d think I would have … Continue reading

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“…beaten up, his guitar smashed…”

  “I want to tell you all about the way they treated me.” From: “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” by Robert Johnson   I’ve written about Robert Johnson before. I’ve written about the Mississippi Blues musician’s first recording … Continue reading

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“Waltz: My Home” – The Transcription

Since one of my guitar-playing followers asked, I decided it was time to transcribe my arrangement of the fiddle tune “Waltz: My Home” that I posted about last month. Here it is!   To see more Guitar TAB transcriptions, click … Continue reading

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“Waltz: My Home”

“Waltz: My Home” is a fiddle tune. I found it here: The Second Fiddler’s Tune-Book – 100 More Traditional Airs. This small gold mine of music was edited by Peter Kennedy and published in 1954 by Hargail Music Press and … Continue reading

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No. 10

Today – April 18, 2020 – is the 10th anniversary of the day that I, with the able assistance of my always amazing daughter, launched this blog. Today is also the 22nd day here in New Hampshire of living under … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 4 – “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

My story with this song started in 1970. Back then, the New World Coffee House was largely the home to the music scene in Portsmouth, NH; the “big city” closest to Exeter, the small town (with no music scene) where … Continue reading

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