Music

The Official Invitation

October 18, 2017

Anyone going to be in New England over Thanksgiving? I’m celebrating and I want everyone to come. Turning 60 is a big friggin’ deal, especially when at 50 I wasn’t sure I’d make it. My old friends and readers know the story, but I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes for those who are new to the […]

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Actually, the band’s name is Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But we dined at Red Stripe restaurant in East Greenwich, RI before the show and the mussels were, well, monsters. My cousin Claudia and her husband John invited us to the show. John had been a fan of Big Head Todd’s since he experienced […]

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The Girl With The Band

January 25, 2017

Our local newspaper, The Standard Times, has a writer named Lauren Daley who authors columns on the arts, books, and music, and in a recent paper she listed the top 10 albums she listened to as a teenager. She asked her readers to let her know their own, so I sent her a note… Dear Lauren, […]

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The Day John Kennedy Died

November 22, 2016

I sat with my second cup of tea this morning and Googled the Lou Reed song of the same name. I didn’t know it, but my friend Ursula texted me this morning and suggested I listen to it; a remembrance of the day. The words are so poignant and apropos in today’s world. And we all […]

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I think Trombone Shorty only comes to New England when it rains. The first time we saw him was at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2014 and it poured the whole day, letting up just before he came on stage. Today we had heavy rain and wind, but luckily the venue was warm and dry; […]

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Reconnecting

June 28, 2015

People cycle in and out of our lives. Friends and relatives we were once close to drift away to go to new jobs, other places, or sometimes just different interests. I, too, was nomadic for some of the years of my life, so I know how easy it is to lose track. And I love […]

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Gear Heads and Guitar Gods

January 22, 2015

Most of you know my husband Steve is a musician. Not just a musician, but a guitarist and what I’d call a Gear Head. There is an art to musical equipment, one I will never quite understand. The search for the elusive perfect tone has been going on for years, mostly just out of my […]

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The Spanish Islas

November 3, 2014

For years I’d heard about the Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Mallorca and Minorca, mostly from British television because Ibiza was such a U.K. holiday hot spot, and because the pearls Steve got me for my 50th birthday were from Mallorca. The islands were not in my headlights for an autumn vacation, as the draw seemed to […]

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Too Hip for the Room

September 7, 2014

Is how I feel about halfway through a Martini. My adorable husband scrolls though music channels on Directv looking for interesting bands and concert footage. Palladia has proved fruitful, with concerts such as the Benicassim Festival 2013 with acts like the Kaiser Chiefs, the Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream and the almost retro Red Hot Chili Peppers, […]

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Is All Irie, Mon

August 28, 2014

I have had the great fortune to see some of my favorite Reggae artists over the years, like Burning Spear in Providence, Jimmy Cliff in Hampton, NH, Bankie Banx in Anguilla, and Anthony B. in Negril. I missed the late, great Gregory Isaacs by one day, he was performing the night we were leaving Jamaica, […]

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