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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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What Heaven Is

 

When I am writing songs, I sometimes jot down words and phrases which ultimately begin as a form of poetry. In practice, very little of what I write in my little notebooks end up in song form. Sometimes the words…
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Working on a new album!

 

And I have a title! But more on that in a moment. I've had some great shows this year and I've been fortunate to perform at some great venues and festivals along the way. Now that summer is slipping by…