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.

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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Through It All, So Far

Today is my personal new year’s eve. It is the day before I start getting answers to the questions posed in a certain no-longer-cute song by The Beatles. When I started thinking about commemorating this day here on sixstr stories, … Continue reading

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“Summer Solstice Rag”

Since late last Spring, I’ve been reading a fine new book:¬†Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar¬†by Jas Obrecht. This 2015 publication from the University of Minnesota Press chronicles the “most prominent singer-guitarists who made influential and enduring recordings … Continue reading

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No. 7

Today is sixstr stories’ seventh birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a brand new song?! Especially if that song has seven verses! (Ok: it has eight.) I wrote “Weekdays, Weekdays” with my grandson in mind and, well… just … Continue reading

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Pat The Fish

I first took my daily morning walk on the concrete-paved promenade of New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach State Park back in October. Starting that morning near the southern end of the park, I began looking for some kind of landmark that … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Song (Reprise)

The other day, I was telling a friend about this song and I couldn’t quite recall all the details of its story. As I searched the sixstr stories archives, I thought, “Time for a reprise!” So, here’s to Lydia Maria … Continue reading

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On This Historic Day…

…I’ve become a grandfather. “Oh, Boy!” (“Oh, Boy!” was composed and performed by yours truly, with all due respect to Buddy Holly and Big Bill Broonzy.) Happy Birthday, Grandson.

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“Before Breakfast”

November 8, 2014 was a Saturday. Waking up with a tune in my head on a morning when I could actually take the time to sit with my guitar and get notes down on paper was a gift. Three days … Continue reading

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“O Holy Night”

I originally shared the recording of “O Holy Night” by The City of New Orleans on the occasion of sixstr stories’ first Christmas. On December 22, 2010, I wrote: This is my favorite recording/performance of Christmas music. Period. Hands down. … Continue reading

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