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Heading Toward 2015!

I like this weather in Chicago. Sunny, upper 50s. Low-to-no tree pollen in the air. Migratory birds flying overhead finally deciding to get the hell out of Dodge...before the return of the Vortex! (looks for wood to knock, hoping not…

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Who's Gonna Stand Up (And Save the Earth?)

Neil Young just released a new song called this week called "Who's Gonna Stand Up (And Save the Earth?" and I have done my own interpretation. I have been thinking a lot about the environment and how I can confront…

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Album Progress Update

I heard recently that a whole slew of unheard Bob Dylan songs would be coming out, and saw lots of people on the Internet get pretty excited for these new bits and pieces. But I'm not so sure this kind…

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It's Almost May!?

In the past few weeks I've had some "good" stress. I had a Thursday night show last week at The Original Mother's in Chicago where I performed a full set of mostly new material (opening for astronomically great Brooklyn-based "Les…

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Be the first to hear "Do You Know"

Will this be the last snow of the this season in Chicago? Unlikely. But the sun is out, and I see some blue skies poking through the blanket of lingering storm clouds on the way out of the area. 

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

On my birthday, February 2nd, I heard the terribly sad news about the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was and is one of the great actors of our age. He, also, by all accounts, in the bulk of his…

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Pete Seeger

At the beginning of this week I saw that Mark Dvorak was announcing a new Pete Seeger class to be held at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. I signed up right away (the class begins in March)…

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Survey Results: I Learned About My Audience

I recently created a survey on SurveyMonkey.com and shared it on my online social media channels because I was interested in learning more about my audience. I'm working on my third album right now and I wanted to get out…

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Travel With Me

Today is the "busiest" travel day of the year in the United States. It leads up to Thanksgiving on Thursday, which I think is probably the best "holiday" in the sense that spending time breaking bread with family and friends…

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One-Year Anniversary of "Missing Anchor"

I released my second album "Missing Anchor" this time last year. The album featured songs about Abraham Lincoln, Trayvon Martin, Occupy Wall Street, off-shore money sheltering, and finding a birthday home. I'm very happy with the overall effort, and every…

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Furlough Common Sense

This October in 2013 has been an interesting few weeks in the U.S. in particular because of the partial shutdown of the government due to some brinksmanship by a handful of GOP members of the House of Representatives. My take…

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Don't Cross That Red Line

I believe in an ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended to all human beings. When I witness missile strike threats and the epic Tom Clancy-like saga that seems to unfold on the international stage, especially in light of the…

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