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Dumbledore’s Army Needs Music

Despite best intentions for the new year (note I didn’t say resolutions; I know better), I haven’t posted much in January, but it’s for a different reason than my usual procrastination and sloth. I generally don’t use this blog as for a platform for political conversation, although I’m sure if you’ve read for a while, you’ve got an idea where my allegiances are. And my twitter feed, which pops up at the left side of this page, makes things pretty obvious.

I still think of this site as a place for music-oriented discussion and don’t want to get into the same kind of debates that roil my Facebook page. Trouble is, with the arrival of President Babyhands and his racist, misogynist, and/or frequently unqualified administration (There. No doubts left!) writing about music seems a rather trivial pursuit.

There’s so much to be done. As much as I love the Harry Potter novels, I never expected to be living in one. There is a cause at hand that commands a Dumbledore’s Army-style of commitment. I marched in the 60s and, as an Internet meme of an older woman declares, “I can’t believe I still have to fight for this shit.”

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Thankfully, social media has given me an outlet that allows for participation – and I don’t mean signing endless online petitions. There are notifications of calls and donations to make, information to share, encouragement to offer those who are in a better position at the front lines.

But rebellion requires fuel, too. Some say an army marches on its stomach. But let’s not forget the fife-and-drum corps, the marching bands and infantry cadences. Music is the food of life, and of the soul, and the music I love – old favorites and new discoveries – have kept me going since that dark night in November when I began to wonder if I was a stranger in my own country.

So, I will write about music here. And mostly music, though I may share a few of the best political cartoons and satire now and then. Again, feel free to remove this blog from your reading list if you think you’ll be annoyed or (especially) if you’re tempted to argue on the side of our modern Voldemort. I won’t post and I won’t reply. It’s MY blog, after all. There will be plenty of alternative music, but no alternative facts allowed.

And so, having said my piece (peace!), I’ll be back soon with a love letter to vinyl.

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Please Stand By. We Are Experiencing Electoral Difficulties.

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November 10, 2016 · 11:18 pm

The Case of the Disappearing (L)ink(s)

So, how have you been? Did you have a good summer? Did you miss me?

Sorry to have been out of touch. I did a lot of traveling on family business, and stayed busy seeing shows and filing stories online. But my WWW presence has been scuttled on a few ends and you might have thought I had been dragged to the UpsideDown. To recap:

Over at www.whatchagonnaplay.com, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news: The site’s original web host stopped servicing personal sites earlier this year, so anyone who clicked over to see new set lists and concert photos got the dreaded 404 error message. I had to find a new site host and reload all my files (over 5,000 items!) to the new service.

The good news: I have a new host and am now tackling that reloading process, so the site is back up and running. There are, however, still issues, including many dead-end links. The photo galleries are gone, and where there were once links to my examiner.com reviews, those archives have been scrubbed and all those links now lead to a single URL, the home page of AXS.com.

How did that happen? More electronic mayhem. Examiner.com ceased publication, also this summer, and gave contributors only about a week’s notice before dumping all its stories. I had written about 200 articles for the site over the last five years and, though I grabbed as many links as I could, thinking they would remain accessible, the company changed them all over to the home page of its sister site, AXS.com. I also scrambled to grab PDFs and screen shots of some of my favorite articles but didn’t get them all. Alas, even those I was able to get do not include the original slideshows which usually had between 10-20 concert photos.

But you can still find proof that I love music and write about it.

In late 2014, I started writing for AXS.com (although I preferred doing examiner stories) and have about 20 stories on that site that are still visible.

Happily, The Washington Post archives still offer links to much of the work I did for them in the years when I was writing biweekly columns on arts events (mostly concerts) for two different local sections. Unhappily, I am having trouble connecting to my master list of clickable links that was featured on an older version of CPF.

AAARGH. I could use an IT department. But I’m learning as I go and will be working to bring all the goodies up to date.

So, that’s why I’ve been out of sight/site for awhile. Glad to back and more to come!

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Love is Louder

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June 13, 2016 · 10:25 pm

I Went, I Took Pictures, I Wrote About It

This little into bit here is always the hardest part of having a blog, trying to come up with some pithy way to say hello and fill in the gap from last we met. So I’m going to cut to the chase – I’ve been to some fine shows lately and wrote them up for my examiner.com column, with photo slideshows for all but one (the venue didn’t allow me to shoot). Here’s some links to bring you up to date, with photo samples to, hopefully, tease you into clicking through:

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Wolf Trap summer season opener, with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The two Daves - Cousins and Lambert - of Strawbe

The two Daves – Cousins and Lambert – of Strawbs

The Strawbs revisit “Hero and Heroine” (an album that looms large in my personal legend) at AMP by Strathmore

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers with Brett Dennen (8th row seats for an amazing show!) at Eagle Band Arena (formerly the Patriot Center)

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down (she went to high school with Dr. Daughter), plus Saintseneca (a new favorite) at the 9:30 Club

Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift (a veteran hero and a bright newcomer) at the Barns of Wolf Trap

Gaz Coombes (from Supergrass) and Piney Gir at Jammin Java

A trio of great local acts at Jammin Java – Sub-Radio, Swell Daze and Belmira

And there’s more coming soon, as I’m editing pics and writing text about another recent fine show – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats (“S.O.B.”!!)

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who opened for Lord Huron. See ya soon!

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Doves Cry…

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April 21, 2016 · 6:28 pm

We interrupt this blog…

…for a musical announcement. Kanye West has released a new album.

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We will return soon with more talk about music discoveries in England.

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