You Can’t Go Home Again

Sylvie. 30 Day Letter. Termination. Goodbye, Seattle. Country Blues Song. You can’t go home again. Neither should I have stayed on another week at Hotel Julian. The subdued rhythm of my pastoral turned boisterous with the arrival of the fleet, and my absence in Seattle and now my prolonged and somewhat mysterious trip south caughtContinue reading “You Can’t Go Home Again”

Pretty, vacant, and we don’t care

Watch the stars as they collide Erase the dots in your eyes What do the lyrics say we can’t hear The singer and the song disappear Pretty vacant and we don’t care Pretty vacant and we don’t care What’s your name the color of your hair Saw you down at the LA fair Have soContinue reading “Pretty, vacant, and we don’t care”

Virtually Nowhere

Writing for the New York Times Sunday edition for June 28, California veteran-reporter Shawn Hubler, reporting from Davis, California, on the ghost town effect Covid-19 is bringing to college towns across the country, and wandering around the abandoned town UC Davis keeps flush, notes, apparently sans irony: “Outside the closed theater, a lone busker stoodContinue reading “Virtually Nowhere”

Two Riders Were Approaching

Two riders were approaching on hogs and wearing leather. “Let’s stop here,” said one to the other, “for a cool drinking beer.” They passed the time on songs that ofttimes rhymed. On the trail or in the big city. They parked the hogs in the gutter. At the bar the one he uttered,“What’s that youContinue reading “Two Riders Were Approaching”

Motti, Lazzaro, and Django

The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (Swiss, 2018) is a coming of age story, Motti’s single marital status of existential concern to his mother, who tries to set him up with any number of, for Motti, unsuitable but available girls whose mothers are equally concerned about the marriage status of their daughters. But Motti has hisContinue reading “Motti, Lazzaro, and Django”

Born to Read

Born to read. How boring is that? You could have been: Born to Be Wild Born to Be Bad Born to Lose Born in a Trunk Born Again Born Before the Wind Born to Run Rock and roll is the universal elixir the alchemists sought. Most US kids know the formula, share autobiographical characteristics, theContinue reading “Born to Read”

The Cat Music Critic

I’ve noticed when I pick up the guitar and the cat Zoe is hanging out, she’ll scurry off to a quieter corner. Cats have excellent ears. Yesterday, home from the afternoon music theory class I’ve been taking, I organized my notes and handouts, reviewing each page. I left the pages in neat piles on theContinue reading “The Cat Music Critic”

One Page Guitar Scales and Chords

There are of course already a near infinite number of guitar fretboard studies available, and scads of 5,000 Guitar Chords and Scale books. What’s unique about this spreadsheet I put together is that it’s a one page reference. It helps if you first memorize the fretboard notes, but from there the “number system,” probably aContinue reading “One Page Guitar Scales and Chords”