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March 30, 2020

The New Me

I don't like circulating a photo of myself, but I can't use social media without one. So, my one and only photo of the last twenty years has been this one:

It was taken by Daniela Catanoso (all rights reserved) in Forza D'Agro where we ate out once back when. We returned to the same town to eat in the same restaurant twenty years later, and Ms. Catanoso took my photo once again. So, I have decided that I must finally age gracefully (?) and replace my old photo of my young and innocent self with an image of my new and improved self. Here it is:
Is this important? Some people change their photos every week or post photos of themselves continually on, for example, Instagram. But for someone who does not, yes, I guess it is.
Stay strong, stay healthy. Over and out, Martin

February 6, 2020

Music in Memoriam 2019

My two favorite singer/musicians died the same week this last year: Leon Redbone and Dr. John. Worst week ever.

Now what? There's nobody like either one. So cool. Being an original is what makes one great, I suppose. But these boys, I'll really miss them. And not just them ...

André Previn
Art Neville
Beverly Watkins
Bill Spence
Bob Frank
Clydie King
Dave Bartholomew
David Olney
Dick Dale
Doug Lubahn (Doors)
Eddie Duran
Ginger Baker
Izzy Young
Jack Scott
Jacqueline Steiner
Jeff Austin
Jessye Norman
Joào Gilberto
John Cohen
John Starling (Seldom Scene)
Johnny Clegg
Larry Taylor (Canned Heat)
Leon Rausch (Texas Playboys)
Lisa Kindred
Mac Wiseman
Mike Wilhelm (Charlatans)
Molly Duncan (Average White Band)
Paul Barrere (Little Feat)
Peter Tork
Ric Ocasek
Robert Hunter
Sleepy LaBeef
Tony Glover

and songwriters:
Allee Willis
Fred Foster
Irving Burgie
Jerry Herman
LaShawn Daniels
Les Reed

Andrea Camilleri
Dennis Schmitz
Ed Cray
Ernest J. Gaines
Harold Bloom
Herman Wouk
Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Jim Bouton
Joe Rosenblatt
Kate Braverman
Kathleen Fraser
Kevin Killian
Leonard Wolf
Linda Gregg
Louis Jenkins
Luciano De Crescenzo
Mark Medoff
Mary Oliver
Michael Mott
Paul Janeczko
Paule Marshall
Russell Baker
Stanley Plumly
Stephen Dixon
Toni Morrison
W. S. Merwin

Albert Finney
Bruno Ganz
Carol Channing
Cokie Roberts
D. A. Pennebaker
Diahann Carroll
Elijah Cummings
Frank Robinson
Hal Prince
June Felter
Lee Mendelson
Paul Krassner
Peter Fonda
Peter Magowan
Pino Caruso.