July 6

July 6, 2016

July 6 Have you seen the reviews for July the Sixth? Yays and boos. Decidedly mixed. John and Paul meet, the world is ecstatic But Anne Frank retreats up to the attic First Republican Party Convention They start perfecting the art of no dissension Richard the Third resorts to force In a few words, the … Read More

Three Little Pigs

July 5, 2016

I finished this song a few weeks ago and love singing it. I especially love singing it with Molly Watkins and Susan Dillard (who also really knows her way around a kazoo). You can watch us here, on Vimeo. Thanks to Tom Adams for the video. Until July 23, when my Kickstarter completes, I am posting new … Read More

Do You Get Lonely?

July 5, 2016

When I was a kid, we had several groves of trees near the house; a cluster of trees on open prairie landscape is like an oasis in the Sahara. Trees are the lifeblood of farm kids. Strangely though, I was also drawn to a lone tree that stood at the end of a half-mile cornfield. … Read More

Scotty Moore 1931-2016

July 3, 2016

Scotty Moore  1931-2016 On July 4, 1954, they started a revolution Bill Black, Scotty Moore,  blues/hillbilly fusion A kid comes into the studio, Presley, shy and quiet What they did oh who could know, would anyone buy it? Our Sistine Chapel, Sun Records in Memphis Airwaves crackle with America, restless At the start of this … Read More

Without You

July 3, 2016

“What would you be like if you weren’t my dad?” Out of nowhere (seemingly) when my daughter was 4, she asked me this question. This song is the answer. This song is from one of my kids’ records, “I Miss the Mud“. Until July 23, when my Kickstarter completes, I am posting new and old … Read More

You Are Not Your Brother’s Keeper

July 2, 2016

This song is inspired by Lucile Clifton‘s poem of the same name. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was Cain’s reply to God’s query regarding the whereabouts of Abel. It has always seemed to me that Cain was then punished not for murder but for insolence. God could be touchy. I wrote this a few years … Read More

If I had a dime for every time

July 1, 2016

If I had a Dime The title of this song was first uttered in disdain by Franklin Roosevelt. It was  completed with “I’ve been asked what was it like to grow up in the shadow of cousin Teddy?”  Later, the Republican Party forced through a measure that removed FDR’s image from the now-out-of-circulation New Deal … Read More


June 30, 2016

A friend was visiting the other day and we were inventorying the kitchen. Not much to work with. And then my friend spied a familiar jar and said, “There’s always granola”. And there is. And now there is a song. Here are the lyrics. Song will come later. When you’re home alone oh so blue … Read More