Category Archives: Random Topics

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“…beaten up, his guitar smashed…”

  “I want to tell you all about the way they treated me.” From: “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” by Robert Johnson   I’ve written about Robert Johnson before. I’ve written about the Mississippi Blues musician’s first recording … Continue reading

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“Waltz: My Home” – The Transcription

Since one of my guitar-playing followers asked, I decided it was time to transcribe my arrangement of the fiddle tune “Waltz: My Home” that I posted about last month. Here it is!   To see more Guitar TAB transcriptions, click … Continue reading

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“Waltz: My Home”

“Waltz: My Home” is a fiddle tune. I found it here: The Second Fiddler’s Tune-Book – 100 More Traditional Airs. This small gold mine of music was edited by Peter Kennedy and published in 1954 by Hargail Music Press and … Continue reading

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No. 10

Today – April 18, 2020 – is the 10th anniversary of the day that I, with the able assistance of my always amazing daughter, launched this blog. Today is also the 22nd day here in New Hampshire of living under … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 4 – “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

My story with this song started in 1970. Back then, the New World Coffee House was largely the home to the music scene in Portsmouth, NH; the “big city” closest to Exeter, the small town (with no music scene) where … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 3 – “Hard Times Come Again No More”

“Hard Times Come Again No More” was written by Stephen Foster. Firth, Pond & Co., Foster’s publishing company at that time, registered the title page for copyright on December 16, 1854. They deposited the music for the complete song on … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 2 – “Worried Man Blues”

“Music is the best medicine.” That line is from “Best Medicine” – a 2014 song by Maya de Vitry when she was with the wonderful acoustic trio known as The Stray Birds. My thought behind this series is to offer … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 1 – “I Shall Be Released”

“Music is the best medicine.” That line is from “Best Medicine” – a 2014 song by Maya de Vitry when she was with the wonderful acoustic trio known as The Stray Birds. My thought behind this series is to offer … Continue reading

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This Historic Day… My Mother – Take 2

Avis Louise Foss Sinclair, my mother, was born on this day, March 8, in the year 1914. Avis was the daughter of George P. and Stella Foss and grew up in Center Strafford, NH. She graduated from Austin Cate Academy – … Continue reading

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Three More Guitars

Three Guitars was the title of the piece I posted back on August 13, 2019. It featured three very cool instruments from Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar; an exhibit I saw at the Currier Museum of Art in … Continue reading

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