December Magazine

Hail December! The Twelfth month!   Hail to the number twelve. Three cheers (four times) for the ol’ 12, the number on the top of the clock!! The word twelve, whose early English-Germanic roots derive from “two left”, or two left over after counting to ten, completes a certain cycle for us. After twelve o’clock we start to count the hours again. Twice every day we … Continue reading December Magazine

Another Blues “Original”

I ain’t much of a songwriter. I admit it. Many moons ago I wrote a couple of good ones. Once or twice I made a cassette tape and sent it to a music publisher. This was in the days they had cassette tapes. I believe I received a polite rejection letter. Nowadays, I barely write songs anymore. All the same, sometimes, when I’m playing guitar … Continue reading Another Blues “Original”

December Magazine

Contents: TWO POEMS, A SALUTE TO DECEMBER AND TO THE NUMBER TWELVE, plus some Duogesimal Meanderings   A SCIENCE POEM E=mc2 Nothing is faster than light I conceptualized the race (It was a thought experiment) And, well, Nothing won… ******************************      A CHILD’S POEM Fat and Skinny had a race All around the pillow case Fat fell down and broke his face Skinny won the … Continue reading December Magazine

More on Getting Better

  We’ve discussed this before. This business about “getting better”. I was discussing the music I work on with Maybank: how we think we are getting better at it, how we feel encouraged by our “improvement”. I was saying that it’s a noble goal to get better. And I think it’s hard to argue with the proposition that generally it’s a good thing to get … Continue reading More on Getting Better

Moron the Blues

We’ve tossed this question around before, at least I have. This question: what is the blues? The great and wise Brownie McGee said that  “the blues is Truth”, i.e., the blues is about more than just feeling blue. You can have happy blueses too. However, empirically speaking, in the great majority of cases, sadness is the subject of the blues. There’s no getting around sadness … Continue reading Moron the Blues

Tri-Quaternary December Magazine

Contents: TWO POEMS, A SALUTE TO THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, A SALUTE TO THE NUMBER TWELVE including some Duogesimal Meanderings, plus another stirring rendition of my LOWDOWN BLUES,                 A SCIENCE POEM E=mc2 Nothing is faster than light It’s true They had a race And Nothing won   Nothing is faster than light E = mc­2 Shucks ******************************      ANOTHER POEM ABOUT A RACE Fat and … Continue reading Tri-Quaternary December Magazine

Trains of Thought

I rode the subway yesterday. And guess what? Today I have trains on my mind. However, if you think about it objectively, it’s doubtful that a quick, albeit pleasurable, little subway ride could trigger a full- scale train obsession. Which is what I have. A full-scale train obsession. Maybe it’s because I always have a full-scale, all the time, 24/7, train obsession. Or maybe it’s just … Continue reading Trains of Thought