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.

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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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”

(To see more Guitar TAB transcriptions, click on Guitar Music in the Categories list!) 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 … 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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