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This Historic Day In Music: Bruce Springsteen

Today is Bruce Springsteen’s 69th birthday. He was born on September 23, 1949, in Freehold, New Jersey; the first child and only son of Douglas and Adele (Zirilli) Springsteen. In commemorating this day, I extend to Bruce my best wishes … Continue reading

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Rewriting The Record For The Electric Guitar Again

One sentence. “On September 23-25, 1935, Leon McAuliffe, a brilliant player from Tulsa, Oklahoma, whose phrasing could have well influenced Charlie Christian, featured both electric steel and electrically amplified Spanish guitar on the first recordings of Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys.” … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Autumn Leaves” by Kenny Burrell

This is a new category here at sixstr stories. It will feature recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances – ¬†for your listening pleasure. It was inspired by whatever god oversees the shuffle … Continue reading

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Rewriting The Record For The Electric Guitar

The book was called: Discography Of Western Swing And Hot String Bands, 1928-1942 by Cary Ginell and Kevin Coffey. It had been published in 2001. I found it one afternoon a few months ago in the Performing Arts Reading Room, … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Music

This is my first time entering a photo challenge. But when I found the nancy merrill photography blog and the topic of her weekly photo challenge, one image immediately came to mind. I took this photograph on Father’s Day in … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Sara Carter

Sara Carter was born Sara Elizabeth Dougherty on this day, July 21, in 1898, just north of Copper Creek, Wise County, Virginia. She was one of five children born to William Sevier and Nancy Elizabeth (Kilgore) Dougherty. One day when … Continue reading

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A Day In Boston, Highlights & Traditions – a no-str story

Boston, Massachusetts. Friday, June 22, 2018. Morning: looking up from the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution. Afternoon: looking down through a window at the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Snacking under a tree on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in … Continue reading

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“There Are (Songs To Be Sung)”

5/9/93 That’s the date in the top right hand corner of page 273 of the first volume of my songwriting notebooks. Page 273 also contains the finished lyrics – four verses and a chorus – of the song I eventually … Continue reading

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Quotations Marked 7

“How do you calculate the influence of a song in your life? We have songs that carry enormous meaning for us, songs we want¬†played at our weddings or at our funerals, songs that every time we hear them, every single … Continue reading

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“Deep River Blues” – Page 1 & Page 2

(To see more Guitar TAB transcriptions, click on Guitar Music in the Categories list!) On April 7, 2013, I wrote a post about the song “Deep River Blues.” In that post, I included a transcription – in standard musical notation … Continue reading

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