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Excerpt From an Unwritten Autobiography: First Move

The picture here is of the house that I grew up in, in the sleepy Mayberry-esque hamlet of Morris, Illinois, some seventy miles southwest and some twenty years behind Chicago. Of Morris, some short remarks can be made to illustrate the … Continue reading

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Excerpt from an Unwritten Autobiography: First Love

Angela Newland was my first love. In that obscure corner of the brain devoted to such things, she looks the same as she did once upon a time: wispy blonde hair, blue eyes, slightly pointy chin, warm and confident smile. … Continue reading

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“Dream a Little Dream”

My adopted niece Katherine, who lives a couple of states away from me, recorded and uploaded to Facebook a charming uke version of ‘Dream a Little Dream.’  I listened to it a few times and thought, ‘hey, by gum, I … Continue reading

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Video: 1970 – The First Interview

In the 1960s and 1970s, my parents’ prized possession (or rather, my favorite thing they had) was a rickety old reel-to-reel tape recorder with big, thick, white buttons and a little microphone that plugged in the front.  I recall playing … Continue reading

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Video: “I’ll Be”

This song was written around August 2011 as a light bit of self-affirmation fluff, arranged around a few banjo riffs I had floating around.  My playing is such that I could not come up with a decent middle eight, so … Continue reading

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