Category Archives: Random Topics

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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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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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Moving Day

That it is: the day that my wife and I say “Farewell!” to our house and home of 36 1/2 years. I’ve known and loved Jim Kweskin’s recording of “Moving Day” for way longer than that. I can think of … Continue reading

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A Somewhat Recent Rediscovery

James McMurtry’s debut album, “Too Long In The Wasteland,” came out in August of 1989. After hearing “Painting By Numbers,” “Talkin’ At The Texaco” and the title song on the radio, I soon added a copy of this intriguing singer/songwriter/guitarist’s record … Continue reading

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Not Just Another “B”

“B?” Yes, “B.” Let me explain. For quite some time now, I have been aware that an inordinately high number of all of the musicians and bands that I’ve ever seen perform live have the letter “B” as the first … Continue reading

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No. 6

sixstr stories turns six years old today! Two “six” songs came immediately to mind as I began planning for this birthday party post: “Six Days On The Road” and “Route 66.” “Six Days On The Road” was written by Alabama … Continue reading

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Woo hoo! It’s International “Louie Louie” Day!

Yes, it really is! To join in on the celebration, I am re-posting a piece I first published on April 16, 2011. Included this time are Richard Berry & The Pharaohs’ original recording of the song and the famous cover … Continue reading

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Two Days In New York City

I’ve written about days like this before: days that are pinpoints on the timeline of music history, when paths crossed and discoveries were made. Days that changed lives and (ultimately) changed music. For instance… August 1, 1927: The day that … Continue reading

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