Justice Denied

October 14, 2017

  Connie Hawkins 1942-2017 John Thompson 1962-2017   How can it be that well-known thieves never pay for a life of crime but walk free while victims grieve the loss of invaluable time Connie Hawkins forever denied the years he would have soared John Thompson locked inside The only exit:  death’s door   Hawkins could … Read More

George Martin 1926-2016

March 14, 2016

George Martin 1926-2016 Sir Saint Paul recalled, “He was like a second father.” A wonder to all it worked at all, it is as if God were Looking down on London and said “I need a gift for me.” Where else could this come from, this synchronicity? His background was in classical, he was tactful … Read More

Tom Petty

October 4, 2017

Tom Petty 1950-2017 If home is hell and so is school It can easily define who you are To build a life you need a tool For Tom Petty it was a guitar (with apologies to Woody Guthrie Slaying tyrants takes a knife And who wants a guitar all bloody When it can resurrect a … Read More

Albert Speer Jr.

September 23, 2017

Albert Speer Jr. 1934-2017 Every boy wants to be his father To be his equal and to further his reflection But could blood be less thick than water? A needle of evil, a Fuhrer injection “My whole life I have tried To distance myself from him.” The Reich and his father long ago died Yet … Read More

September 22 – On This Day

September 22, 2017

September 22 – On This Day The sun shines directly on the equator A balance of dark and light The inexorable slide to the nadir Begins in earnest tonight Every evening light retreats As dark seeks to rule the day And then on the very brink of defeat The sun shifts back our way We … Read More

September 21 – On This Day

September 21, 2017

September 21 – On This Day Benedict Arnold committed treason (that was wrong back in the day) He felt he had a pretty good reason: “Theater” shouldn’t be spelled that way Burgundy changes sides in the “Hundred Years’ War”: “It’s been eighty years, let’s try a new plan!” Some must have forgotten what they were … Read More

September 15 – On This Day

September 15, 2017

September 15 – On This Day It’s the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows Mary’s sacred day for Christians But since the morning when the Czar rose Our Lady is Hillary Clinton The first public school is founded in Europe Society starts a new chapter Unexpected expenses are bound to turn up; the first bake … Read More

Walter Becker, Co-founder of Steely Dan

September 5, 2017

Walter Becker   1950-2017 Pop music had a void to be filled, so these two boys had a hunch: First, name their band after the dildo from William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (some bands come apart right at the start before unpacking their guitars Some want bizarre, some want art Other just want “The Cars”) Second, make … Read More

John Abercrombie, Lyrical Jazz Guitarist, dies at 72

August 28, 2017

John Abercrombie 1944-2017 My guess is that the Philadelphia Spectrum Has had throughout the years Many who have asked the simple question: “What am I doing here?” Granted most doing the asking Were lost in drug-dazzled delusion But at least one was carefully crafting His part in rock- jazz fusion Abercrombie was just getting some … Read More