In a Pandemic, the Songs We Loved as Kids May Save Us As Adults I had a moment while shopping in a Publix a couple of months into the pandemic. I was wearing a mask, as were most customers, and shopping for many of the things I often get at this one particular store. Bread, … [Read more…]
Poem found in an old notebook, c. 2012. Levon I called you when Levon died, but you never called back. I knew then that you’d never call back. You were the only one I thought would understand what he meant.
I’m proud to have a new essay, titled “Thank You For Your Song,” published in Chapter 16, the venerable literary magazine of Humanities Tennessee edited by Margaret Renkl. The essay asks the question, “What do we owe the writers who get us through our darkest days?” It’s about gratitude, and my own efforts, somewhat flawed, to thank … [Read more…]
In a second floor apartment in a non-descript building on a street in the Heights section of Jersey City, on a wall likely hidden under coats of paint, is “The Only Poem” by Leonard Cohen. That is its title. “The Only Poem.” I know it’s there—unless, of course, the building has been knocked down or … [Read more…]
It was — at the time — the most important gig of my life. Early-to-mid 90s. The Bitter End on Bleecker Street in New York City. The place where the legends played. I earned it in a roundabout way. A friend who studied with the same vocal teacher as I couldn’t play his show, so … [Read more…]