One World Many Stories

June 25, 2016

While my kickstarter runs, I will be posting new and old material. I wrote this song, One World Many Stories, several years ago and recorded it with Bideew Bou Bess. It’s a group of three brothers from Senegal. Also playing are Tony Vacca and Charlie Braun. Please check out my Kickstarter project. Thanks, Dennis One World Many … Read More

It’s My Birthday, too, yeah

June 24, 2016

In Iowa, some decades ago I arrived, and dismayed, said “Say it ain’t so!” The tenth to be born to a family struggling Amidst endless corn…it was patently troubling Perhaps the stork took a wrong turn It was for New York that I yearned The upper East Side to be exact I could easily abide … 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

Farmers Market

November 15, 2015

  Northampton Farmers Market  May 2 – November 14, 2015 Winter was gone      May an easy chair for us         Sunny days a prayer to us            You were bouquet and asparagus Our love was young      So were you Days grew long     … Read More

Summertime

July 28, 2015

Summertime George and Ira, arias and blues have to admire those New York Jews “I loves you, Porgy. Don’t leave me here.” They would of course be familiar with fear and caustic squalor and bitter fruit Wagner trumps Mahler with sharp-edged boots They sat at the piano on the Upper West Side mapping a plan … Read More

Flying Down to Rio

June 21, 2015

When Fred Astaire died on June 22, 1987, Ginger Rogers was living alone on her Rogue River ranch in Oregon. Their last movie was almost forty years before (“The Barkleys of Broadway“) and while Fred and Ginger had parted amicably and remained friends, their iconic onscreen romance of the 1930’s was in the distant past. … Read More

When I Saw Her Standing….

June 3, 2015

What if the lyric ended like that? No “there” was there (to paraphrase Gertrude Stein’s take on Oakland). Even the first time we heard that song we knew “there” was coming and so we were free to revel in the tension of  “standing”. We would be led home in due time. That’s the beauty of a … Read More

To Tune a Guitar

May 16, 2015

The way to tune a guitar: hold it loose and easily Every flat or sharp tells you where it needs to be Strings should sing like stars, serenade us like the moon and that’s the way a guitar is tuned   To listen to a song: come inside, be right here So soon we will … Read More