Category Archives: Random Topics

These posts are on topics that cannot be categorized in any of the other categories.

“Deep River Blues” – Page 1 & Page 2

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 and guitar tablature – of my Doc Watson-inspired, finger-picking arrangement of “Deep River Blues.” … Continue reading

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A Belated Birthday Celebration

The Library of Congress was established on April 24, 1800. On that day, “President John Adams signed an act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. Part of the … Continue reading

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No. 8

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, she had a blog.) Before I knew … Continue reading

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A Ballad Of The Blues & The Electric Guitar

Verse 1 I recently found a book at my local library: Talking Guitar: Conversations With Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music (2017) by Jas Obrecht. The first chapter in this extraordinary collection of interviews is titled: “Guitarchaeology: Setting The Stage.” In … Continue reading

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Two Kings, Two Birthdays, Two Songs

Lead Belly and Sam Cooke. The “King of the 12-String Guitar” and the “King of Soul.” Last week, as I read the birthday entries for those two artists on my January list of “Historic Days In Music” – January 20, … Continue reading

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A Little Christmas Polka

Must Be Santa! The Rounder Christmas Album is one of my all-time favorite Christmas collections. Released in 1995 by Rounder Records – the legendary-and-still-going-strong Cambridge, Massachusetts-based label – this 19-track album contains a recording that is one of my family’s … 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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Another Trip To The Museum

In March of 2014, I published a post here on sixstr stories entitled “A Trip To The Museum.” In that post I wrote about three very old guitars (1628, 1680 & 1725) that were on display in the Musical Instruments … 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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(Going, Goin’) Home (Coming, Again)

I was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. Over the course of the sixty-something years since, I’ve lived in a handful of locations around the Granite State. Besides Exeter, I’ve taken up residence in North Conway, Raymond, Dover and Hampton Beach. Well, my wife and … Continue reading

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