Hello Margaret, It's Me Amy
Trying to write (and swing) myself out of some darkness. Gigs, getting older; Margaret Renkl and (what else) a cameo by Bob Dylan. Songs in this episode: Invisible (theme music - from Middlescence) You're Getting Old - early 90s demo from A One Way Ticket To My Life
November 18, 2021
Plattekill 1 & 2
I wrote and recorded the first half of this post/episode back in August, but it felt too effortfully "light" so I decided to shelve it. The second half came to me two weeks ago at a writing workshop in Michigan where I was instructor and student of some great poets and novelists. I recorded a cover song to go with it. When places we don't even like become an important part of our lives, we realize we did like them after all, at least a little bit. Songs in this episode Invisible from Middlescence Only A Broken Heart (cover of a song from Tom Petty's Wildflowers)
October 25, 2021
Fifty Feet From Stardom
A hose is a hose is a hose... As promised, a more lighthearted episode.
September 27, 2021
Sometimes it's all a little too much. Covid burnout, post-Ida angst; vertigo and...Dad.
September 12, 2021
I Am The Owl Man
A mysterious visitor; small town livin'; Nanci Griffith. Music in this episode Invisible from Middlescence a late-night version of Nanci's The Flyer (nb This is a late-night cover of Nanci Griffith's The Flyer...I originally did a version for the Nanci tribute Trouble In The Fields that Pete and Maura Kennedy put together - here just trying to capture a little of the moment in one of my favorite songs. Maybe I was drawn to it cause she mentions Pittsburgh but I think she really captured that lonely but hopeful feeling of being a woman on the road as well as anyone ever has.
August 25, 2021
"I never thought I'd develop such a fondness for boats" and other thoughts on identity, ambition - and gravity. Songs in this episode: Intro music - Invisible from Middlescence Read the Room - unreleased demo, 2020
July 28, 2021
First Tuesday In July
Manhattan miles, memories and hopes. This old girl's out, but her old man's in. Songs in this episode: Invisible (theme music) Dirty Bridge both from Middlescence
July 13, 2021
Just Say No
Am I eternally hopeful, or just a pushover? Learning to say no, one random encounter at a time. Music in this episode The Good Girls from Diary Of A Mod Housewife Invisible from Middlescence
July 1, 2021
And It Goes On and On and On and...
Working hard or hardly working; a return to some kind of normal. Journey, George and the old broom knows all the corners.
June 17, 2021
Down In The Old Hotel
Passing pandemic time in front of British tv shows Escape To The Country and the Hotel Inspector, I end up seeing too many scary parallels. Is it time to go back to work yet? Songs in this episode: Invisible from Middlescence You're Getting Old from A One Way Ticket To My Life
June 2, 2021
Dads and daughters; driveway moments and riding with Warren Zevon
May 19, 2021
Pandemic wedding anniversary; ghosts of past tours...burgers and ancient amplifiers - these are the things memories are made of.
May 4, 2021
Stop The World And Let Me Off
Trying to keep up with the way we do things now can wear a person out... Music in this episode Invisible from Middlescence The Old Guys from The Old Guys
April 14, 2021
Book returns; poison ivy. Pay it forward and farewell to a friend. Looking back; trying to write a new book. Bongo therapy. Music in this episode from Middlescence: Invisible Ivory Tower
March 31, 2021