Song Story: Hugs and Kisses (x's and o's)

This is the first post in a series of blogs called "Song Story." Every song has a story and so I begin with the original title song of my new album. The melody and style for this tune first came…
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A New Reed Adventure

A couple of weeks ago it was time to order new reeds for my Selmer Saxophone. I decided to be brave and try something totally new. Instead of the traditional Vandoran SR21 style, I ordered a rather new Vandoran ZZ
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Sunday Morning Beauty

As I looked out the window on this beautiful "Palm Sunday", I was inspired to write this poem...

"The lovely daffodils sway,
In the gently flowing breeze,
Wafting to and fro,
Just as freely as they please.

A gift from…
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Remembrance of a Father's Prayer

Last week I performed for a Catholic Retirement Community and was honored to receive a "second blessing" from one of the residents, a retired priest. He took my hand to pray over me speaking words of prosperity, good health and…
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What is Vaudeville?

There was nothing like a good Vaudeville Show! Popular from 1870-1930, American Vaudeville shows or revues consisted of classical and popular music, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, acrobats, comedians, animal tricks and a variety of other unique acts. The "Polite" Vaudeville…
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Springtime Snow

We had quite the interesting weather this weekend. Yesterday began in the mid 40's with heavy rain. The temperature dropped to 30 by evening and the rain changed to snow. We received at least 2 inches at our house. The…
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What is a saxophone?

A saxophone is a family of metal, single reed instruments invented by Adolphe Sax (1814-1894) of Brussels in 1841. He patented the instrument in 1846 when he settled in Paris. The instruments have two basic shapes. The smaller ones are…
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What is a Big Band?

A "Big Band" is a large jazz or popular ensemble that dominated American popular music of the period 1935-45. Typically, a rhythm section of piano, upright bass, drums and guitar accompanies five saxophones (two altos, two tenors, and one baritone…
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A Birthday Party Like None Other

Recently, I had the privilege to perform for the monthly birthday party of a prestigious Jewish Retirement Community. About half way through the program, one of the staff members stepped up to the mic to read some stories about the…

A Veteran from The Greatest Generation

After finishing up a music program for an assisted living residence this week, a tall gentleman came up to tell me how much he enjoyed the program. He was visiting some friends at the facility. He requested my business card…
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Harvest Moon

A beautiful harvest moon was out on my drive home this evening. Full and glowing, God's nightlight in the sky. I love the fall season. The air is cool, crisp and clean and the stars are extra bright. The Autumn…
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Sunrise After Sunrise

Another beautiful Sunday Morning Sunrise! What a privilege to have a free ticket to the concert of God's Creation as all of nature begins tuning up for the symphony of a new day! Here's wishing you a wonderful day that…