What Would the World Be Like?

May 6, 2015

For Mother’s Day! When my daughter was four, she asked me a question. This song was my (eventual) answer. This slideshow is a selection of photos I have found and set to a song from my CD “Radio Boy“. John Dillard put this slide show together. Many thanks. And thanks to the following photographers for … Read More

In the Beginning

May 1, 2015

In a few weeks, I will make my yearly pilgrimage to Charlottesville, Virginia to spend some time with a wonderful group of songwriters. We  try out new material, write new songs, co-write, play, and live and breathe music for a week. Last year, there was a discussion about favorite first lines of songs. I recently … Read More

The Poet and the Pig Farmer

April 27, 2015

As a boy, every meal with my family began with Bless us Oh Lord for these thy Gifts We prayed together, heads bowed, and after through Christ Our Lord. Amen we blessed ourselves, opened our eyes and looked to our father who remained in silent darkness for…seconds? minutes? I have no idea I felt nor … Read More

Roast Beef, Well done (State Song of Iowa)

April 21, 2015

Every Sunday throughout my childhood, my mother made roast beef. It was always well done. Well done. My mother was, by any standards, a great cook. Her pies were the envy of our neighbors. Her bread and biscuits were light, airy and addictive. Her mashed potatoes and gravy hit the high peaks of sacred succulence. … Read More

Supergroups and Pancakes

April 20, 2015

Ever since the early output of the Wayne Newton/Leonard Cohen/Iggy Pop supergroup, songwriters have seldom ventured into the realm of pancake songs. A few years ago, my friend Charlie Braun and I were asked to come to a nearby restaurant out here in western Massachusetts and see if we could write a song while we were … Read More

Mother’s Day and That Darned Apostrophe

May 9, 2014

It’s the apostrophe that changes everything. If it did not exist at all (or had just been moved one letter to the right) then it would seem this day would be about motherhood and the contributions and sacrifices mothers have made. I don’t think it’s an oversight that the possessive does not appear for Veterans … Read More