Category Archives: Music

Western Novella

That’s what the contract says. I sold a surreal western novella to PS Publishing. Now all I have to do is write it. (Note: this is not how I normally do things; I usually crawl along, stapling words together, getting … Continue reading

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The Big Boys

I recently watched a documentary called American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986, directed by Paul Rachman and written by Steven Blush. It’s based on Blush’s book American Hardcore: A Tribal History. The film details some of the … Continue reading

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Songs, Reviewers, Children, and The Ephemera on ebook

Lately, my four-year-old daughter has been wanting to listen to the title song of the Mekons Ancient and Modern album. Yes, I know that in some states it’s a crime to let a child listen to real music. The song … Continue reading

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Bill Morrissey

I just heard today that singer/songwriter Bill Morrissey died in July, of heart failure. Various obituaries and tributes here. I talked to him once at one of his shows and we shared a French publisher, but I didn’t know him. … Continue reading

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My 3 1/2-year-old daughter recently injured her hand, requiring reconstructive surgery and an ongoing recuperation period. One of the therapies we’ve tried (her choice) is listening to Western Swing music on CD and watching YouTube videos of Bob Wills, Don … Continue reading

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More on Jack Hardy, and Journalistic Preconceptions

There was a nice piece at the New York Times online about some people getting together for a Monday night songwriter’s meeting/farewell to Jack. The write-up had a link to a 1999 NYT article on the meetings. I had forgotten … Continue reading

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Jack Hardy, Gone

Friday (March 11) for naptime, Merida, my three-year-old, wanted to listen to “Willie Goggin’s Hat” from Jack Hardy’s CD The Passing. As usual, she asked if he would sing it when he comes to visit. She also wanted him to … Continue reading

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Great song by The Fall

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