Little Richard (1932 – 2020)

The first time I ever got up on stage to sing and play guitar was October 15, 1981 at the Copper Fox Tavern in Oneonta, NY. It was a requirement of the guitar class I was taking in college. I played three songs. Two of them were original, and if the scrawled notes on myContinue reading “Little Richard (1932 – 2020)”

Robert Hunter 1941-2019

Fare you well my honey Fare you well my only true love All the birds that were singing have flown, except you alone I am not qualified to call myself a Deadhead in the same way that I am not qualified to call myself a Christian. To be a Christian you need to believe inContinue reading “Robert Hunter 1941-2019”

For Remembering Mary

Another day is cocked and ready to fly Yesterday another somebody died but this somebody knew me when I was young She saw you come into this world and held your father’s hand to help him cross the street when he was a child Those were the days before The sky, appropriately somber, greets another desperateContinue reading “For Remembering Mary”

Memorial – Ruth Detjen

I recently went to a memorial service for the mother of a friend. You can tell a lot about a person by the things people say about them when they’re not around, and by the memories of the people who love her. They talked about strawberry shortcake and Volkswagens; falling trees and fireworks; telephone callsContinue reading “Memorial – Ruth Detjen”

The Queen of Soul

“At the Grammys in 1998, the legendary soul singer stepped in – at the last minute – for Pavarotti, who had been due to sing his trademark piece, Nessun Dorma. So obviously she went ahead and performed that aria. Nessun Dorma is one of the most impressive of tenor arias – with an astronomically highContinue reading “The Queen of Soul”