Author Archives: sixstrstories

Happy Valentine’s Day

We met on Monday, February 17, 1975. We were students at the University of New Hampshire and our paths crossed that day in the office of The Granite, the school yearbook. I was there to have my senior picture taken … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: February 9, 1961 & 1964

On Thursday, February 9, 1961, The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe – performed for the first time at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Here’s a photo of the Fab Five taken … Continue reading

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The Voices of January

All of these musicians – each one especially revered for her/his unique and extraordinary voice – were born in January. Elizabeth Cotten – January 5 Elvis Presley – January 8 Joan Baez – January 9 Janis Jopin – January 19 … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Mr. Tambourine Man”

The first time Bob Dylan recorded “Mr. Tambourine Man” was on June 6, 1964. It was one of fourteen songs he recorded that day at Columbia Records’ Studio A in New York City. Eleven of those songs – “Mr. Tambourine … Continue reading

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A Hymn For The New Year

When I wrote “Sing To The World,” I did not envision that it would one day become my personal “Greetings to the New Year” song. But for all the times I’ve sung this song – this hymn – at this … Continue reading

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The Ballad of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Ballad: “A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas, or verses.” Prelude I can hear you. “Christmas is over!” However, according to the calendar of the festive Christian season known as Twelvetide, today is the Fourth Day of … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Buffalo” by John Renbourn

This is the seventh 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 to you… “Buffalo” by John Renbourn. Give a listen. … Continue reading

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“Blue Friday”

I found this recording in the Voice Memos app on my phone back in early June when I was looking for something else. What I think of as an “audio snapshot,” it was dated February 22, 2019 and titled “Blue … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: John Lennon

Like every other obsessed fan of The Beatles that I know, I have accumulated a sizable collection of books about The Beatles. One of those books is Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding. The front cover of this 1989 Fireside paperback … Continue reading

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Finding Covers – “Boots of Spanish Leather”

I awoke this morning with a song in my head. The song was “Boots of Spanish Leather” by Bob Dylan. But Bob wasn’t singing it. Martin Simpson was. Martin Simpson is the exceedingly accomplished British Folk musician rightfully revered as … Continue reading

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