Category Archives: Posts with Audio

These posts contain links you can click on to play a recording that is (somehow) connected to the topic of the post.

This Historic Day In Music: Tommy Gallant (Take 2)

I’ve been getting together with some old friends and colleagues lately; catching up, reminiscing. Got me thinking about… “Bonjour,” he’d say, with a little chuckle and a smile. Tommy Gallant always brought a smile. “Bonjour,” as I remember it, was the punch … Continue reading

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No. 9

Another birthday, another telling of the tale… sixstr stories was born on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Somerville, Massachusetts. I was visiting my daughter and casually mentioned to her that I was thinking of starting a blog. (At the time, … Continue reading

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Something New

Jim Adams hosts a weekly song lyric challenge on his blog, A Unique Title For Me. It’s called “Song Lyric Sunday” and the prompt for today is: Harmony/Melody/Music. I’ve never responded to Jim’s challenge before but that prompt… well, it … Continue reading

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Walkin’ Blues

It was a Saturday morning in the middle of January. I was out for a long walk with my favorite accompaniment: my iPod classic, set to “Shuffle Songs,” playing through my Sony headphones. I’d been serenaded by Billie Holiday, The … Continue reading

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Old Long Since – Take 2

ICYWW (In Case You Were Wondering): This past November, I added a co-motto to my blog. “Good music doesn’t get old” by Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe, my original motto, was joined by a quote from Bruce Springsteen: “All valuable … Continue reading

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Over The River Once More

“Oh, hear the bells ringing, ‘Ting-a-ling-ling!,’ for it’s Thanksgiving Day.” If your holiday gathering could use a festive sing-along, here’s a good one for you. “Over The River And Through The Woods” – guitar, vocal and arrangement by me. Ready? … Continue reading

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“November 7”

Here’s one for my son and all of the fingerstyle-acoustic-guitar-loving, guitar-picking, tablature-reading viewers/readers/followers of this blog out there. November 7 is my son’s birthday. In 2010, I celebrated his birthday here on sixstr stories with a “This Historic Day…” post. … 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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The Ones That Got Away

I was looking through an old photo album the other day and came upon some pictures of a few old friends. Here’s one. That is a Fender “Duo-Sonic.” It was my first electric guitar. I purchased that guitar sometime in … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Georgia Turner & The Rising Sun Blues (Yes, again.)

I love this story. In September of 1937, Alan Lomax and his wife, Elizabeth, took a song-collecting trip through the mountains of Kentucky. Alan had recently been appointed as the Assistant in Charge of the Archive of Folk Song of … Continue reading

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