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Getting Over Myself…Again

I just discovered it this morning.

My virtual friend and fabulous podcaster Dave Lee had this GREAT Audioboo up on his Facebook page, and I thought, “What is this Audioboo thingy?”

Well… turns out it’s pretty cool! It’s an application that lets you record up to 5 minutes of audio from your iPhone or upload . . .

Open Doors For Others

I was scrambling to get everything together before I caught the train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station. I needed to be in the city by 5:30 pm so I could scoot my butt over to The Iguana by 6:00 pm to rehearse my two songs with Barry Levitt before the doors opened at 7:00 . . .

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Gig Day

Gig days are strange. The energy is rushy and wavy. There is a lot to do, most of which is either paper work or hauling equipment. Often, the biggest challenge is deciding what to wear.

Here’s a snippet of video from gig day on June 24, plus a sneak into the dressing room of the . . .

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Where Is Home?

This is my third day back in Sonoma County, California, the place I used to call home. It’s odd. Everything is completely familiar. Hwy 101 is still a mess. The landscape is still beautiful and lush. I know exactly where I’m going when I drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco, which turn to take, . . .

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Spring Lessons: Take It Easy

Spring is here… and my heart is dancing!

I’ve never liked Spring. It always means the end of Winter, and I’ve been a lover of winter all my life. But Spring in the Hudson Valley is slower, easier, less affrontive than Spring in Sonoma County, CA. It’s more mysterious. It unfolds gracefully.

As I write . . .

Gig Day

I’ve got a gig tonight at Savona’s, a great Italian restaurant in the Rondout of Kingston. We’re just performing for two hours in the bar, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, but I’m nervous. I guess I always get a little nervous on gig day. But for some reason, I’m a little more nervous than . . .

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Pushing Through the Membrane

I have a ton of work to do today. I should be writing a proposal for a client. Actually, I need to write 3 different proposals today. But I can’t get started. I can’t dig in.

Something happened last night. Something that shifted me into a new place and allowed me to relocate a part . . .

Fragile Ego, Fragile Voice

Be careful what you ask for. Even in the secret whispers of your heart. You just may get it.

Last night, a songwriter/musician whom I admire asked me a question that stopped my heart. He asked me if he wrote a song for me to sing, would I accept his instruction when it came time . . .

Bad News Today: Upper Fourth is Closed

My friend Jeff from Sebastopol gave me the bad news last night.

Upper Fourth is closed.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Upper Fourth is, or rather, was a beautiful, classy bar in Santa Rosa that offered adults the perfect place to meet, have a drink, talk quietly, laugh loudly . . .

Everybody’s Just a Stranger

Everybody’s just a stranger, but that’s the danger of going my own way. It’s the price I have to pay.

— John Mayer, from the song, Georgia

This afternoon, I’ll be singing at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City. It’s my sliver of a New York City debut.

My friend . . .