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Sparklers: “Greensleeves” by Jeff Beck

This is the ninth installment of this category featuring recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or – outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances. Truth – the 1968 debut solo album by Jeff Beck – was an early addition to my record … Continue reading

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Songs of 2022

These Songs of 2022 are not songs that I wrote this past year. They are the songs that came back to haunt me; songs that I finally finished; songs that got into my head and fingers for many days at … Continue reading

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Quotations Marked 11

“Music is… the sound life uses to keep the living alive.” Woody Guthrie American Musician (1912-1967) From: Woody Guthrie : songs and art * words and wisdom (2021) by Nora Guthrie & Robert Santelli. Woody Guthrie’s music certainly keeps the … Continue reading

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Quotations Marked 10

“As far as music itself goes,  the simplest thing to forget is that what music is about… is creating the kind of things that you think are beautiful. In other words, when you sit… and you’re creating, you have to … Continue reading

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Sounds of Swasey

Ambrose Swasey was born in Exeter, NH, on December 19, 1846. This Exonian became a mechanical engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He made his fame and fortune with the Warner & Swasey Company, which he founded with his partner, Worcester … Continue reading

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A Song My Mother Sang

As I recall, the song that my mother – Avis Louise Foss Sinclair (1914-2001) – sang the most often around the house when I was a kid was “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” “Let me call you sweetheart, I’m in … Continue reading

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“Summer Solstice Rag” – Take 2

Today’s the day! Here’s some finger-style acoustic guitar music to get your first-day-of-summer party started: my “Summer Solstice Rag.” Hope you enjoy it! And… here’s my guitar TAB transcription if you’re a picker and want to try it out yourself. … Continue reading

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Going To The Zoo

52 years ago, when I bought my first guitar – a mahogany-body Harmony H165 acoustic (aka: the best $50.00 I ever spent)… … I also bought my first song book: Ramblin’ Boy and other songs by Tom Paxton. That small … Continue reading

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This Historic Day… My Granddaughter

My granddaughter, Margaret – aka Molly – was born this day, May 25, in 2021. Though I didn’t get to meet her in-person until about two weeks later, I had this song all ready to serenade her with as I … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Nowhere Man” by Bill Frisell

This is the eighth installment of this category featuring recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or – outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances. So, ladies and gentlemen! Let me introduce you to… “Nowhere Man” by Bill Frisell. Give a … Continue reading

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