Life

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Song Demo: "The Only Time"

Here’s a heartbreaking tune about that perennial country music theme: divorce, and who gets the kids. A forlorn dad doesn’t understand why they are breaking up and dreams of getting back together with a wife who is lying to the judge while trying to dump him. This song is obviously for a male singer.  
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Song Demo: "Day by Day"

Most of my songs take months or years to write, but this one came together at super speed. One day I was driving home when the DJ announced that it was the fifth anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination and then played an hour’s worth of Lennon songs as a tribute. I was struck by how
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Song Demo: "One of These Days"

“One of These Days,” by Scotty and the Skeptics. Here is a major hit for a female country singer or a band like the Drive by Truckers. My friend and business partner, the late, great, Keith Allen, plays guitar, with Marcus Webster on drums, Michael Rivinius on  bass, and Phil Hersch engineering and playing banjo.
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To a Better Year in 2018

  We’ve survived the first year of the Trumpies’ assault on the fabric of American society, although it hasn’t been easy for a political junkie like myself. We’re both a little grayer, and other than a few aches and pains, we are in great health. Here’s hoping you are too.  

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"Blow the NRA Away," take 3

  Scotty & The Skeptics–Mp3 November 17, 2017 Seems as though I posted this songwriter demo just yesterday after the shooting in Orlando, but that was in June of 2016 when I was just starting to blog, so it’s been over a year since that “worst mass shooting” in U.S. history. Then last month the
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Can Trump Get Into Heaven?

It’s interesting that so many religious evangelicals, such as the son of Jerry Falwell, Jerry Jr., and the son of Billy Graham, Franklin (both of whom, like Trump, inherited lucrative empires from their fathers), are firmly in the Trump camp. What with his multiple wives, each one younger and hotter than the last, and his
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Playing Guitar & Trumpie Ennui

I haven’t had much to say in the last few weeks. A birthday, hosting guests and a general sense of ennui with all things Trump have  contributed to my inherent laziness. I was grateful for the failure of TrumpCare, and I did check out the legalities of  Trump trademarking “Keep America Great” and how it
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Personal–2016 Round-up & Forecast

(This annual update {edited here for general readership} accompanied my note to my personal Christmas card list {see previous blog post}.) My wife and I are both doing well, just the usual growing pains. She spins at the gym or does Pilates five days a week and tap dances. She teaches one course per semester,
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No Christmas Washington

I was in such a bah–humbug mode during last year’s holiday season that I didn’t send any cards to my list of “friends,” which got me to really think about the tradition of sending greeting cards every year at Christmas. I’ve always been a big fan of Santa, but I’m not into formal religion and
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