Category: writing

  • Tofurkey Day 2022

    Tofurkey Day 2022

    The year was 1977. The Clash, The Talking Heads, The Sex Pistols, and Elvis Costello all released their debut albums while The Ramones released their second and third albums, but I wasn’t listening to any of them. I was still obsessed with Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life released the year before and […]

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  • Leisure

    Leisure

    What is this life, if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full […]

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  • Compulsions 8 – Anything But Love

    Compulsions 8 – Anything But Love

    “The impression that you made was too deep to be mistaken for anything but love.” When I first started talking with Reed about producing this album he asked me for something to use as a reference. I gave him two: Hunky Dory by David Bowie and Electric Warrior by T. Rex. I think this song, […]

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  • Compulsions 7 – The Light In Your Eyes

    Compulsions 7 – The Light In Your Eyes

    “You could melt the ice off anyone.” I fell in love for the first time when I was 18. I never fell out. I am still falling. This is the oldest song on the album, written in September of 2020. I was sitting on the porch of a friend’s house at the Jersey shore, noodling […]

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  • Compulsions 6 – The Untrained Eye

    Compulsions 6 – The Untrained Eye

    “They can’t see the light that shines inside of you. But I do.” It is the mind’s eye, not the ones in our sockets, that needs training to perceive things clearly. Stevie Wonder perceives things as clearly as anyone. There have always been people who can see the better world we could be living in, […]

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