Each caller was candid about how they’re managing life during the musical drought inspired by the Coronavirus. Some were more upbeat than others. Some hid the despair better than others. And some just didn’t give a fuck. Instead of taking a mental pounding from the fear and consternation, they just started writing new songs, they said, peeling through the unfinished numbers and piecing that shit together. Hit the ground running with a new bag of tricks when life resumes, which, by all indications by our President, you’ll be back to work before the big spike hits. READ MORE
A working musician, unlike other musicians with full-time jobs, are the ones who’ve thrown caution to the wind and listened to their muse, believed in it, followed it, believed in their own craft, in themselves, believed in you, the listeners, hoping that you would believe in them and help keep the dream alive. And the bills paid. READ MORE
Zoe Boekbinder doesn’t need to listen to music to be a musician. Sounds odd, right? Not really if you think about it because with all the music going on inside Zoe’s head, well, there just isn’t room enough for any outside distractions or influence. READ MORE
And the hot topic this week being the Coronavirus, well, I figured I should stop watching videos on Facebook of my friends playing music in bars and educate myself on this deadly disease that seems to be a sneeze away from killing me. READ MORE
I turn to this book sometimes when the mud is stuck wet and hot between my ears. During the end of this bitter season, I find myself struggling to say the simplest of words, turning a phrase, completing a sentence. Can’t seem to capture a thought. I have it, I have it, then it’s gone. Everything sounding like a car wreck coming off my tongue. A mish-mash of mispronunciations. READ MORE
For the last three-in-a-half years, like countless others, I’ve devoted way too much of my mental energies to one Donald. J. Trump, our President. Just saying that still widens my eyes at times. No, that’s a lie, every time I say it. READ MORE
This Friday night at 7 p.m. at the “Spotlight Room” on Hanover Street, John and his trio, Divergent Strings (Wayne Hughes and Roger Ramirez), will play a wide variety of music, from classical to South American to Spanish with original pieces and fresh arrangements of rock tunes mixed in. READ MORE
That’s why I got so excited when a new friend of mine named Alfredo “Fredo” Benavides from Manchester came into my life shining like a new diamond, a musician I’d never met, someone with real chops, killer instincts, a man with a real taste for the game. Fredo was more than I expected, much, much more. READ MORE
I’m telling you, it’s going to be one of those nights down at Jupiter Hall on Hanover this Friday night, I can feel it. No rain, no snow or fog in the forecast. Perfect weather for kicking around downtown, breaking in the brick. Great night to drink, get fat, then walk it off. READ MORE
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