Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

...this song was written for my mother on July 24, 1984 (but I dedicate it to all mothers - and I will post this for as long as this blog remains active). When she died in 1993, I looked at it again and remembered a brief conversation she and I had, shortly before her passing...about … Continue reading Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

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Legacy: For Adam, On His 36th Birthday

***** (I wrote this in 2012 for Adam's 34th birthday, upon discovering that he had died a few years prior, never having the chance to say goodbye. I'll repost this annually for as long as this blog exists...) ***** Adam and I met 18 years ago during a brisk and stinging winter morning. It sounds … Continue reading Legacy: For Adam, On His 36th Birthday

Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

...this song was written for my mother on July 24, 1984 (but I dedicate it to all mothers). When she died in 1993, I looked at it again and remembered a brief conversation she and I had, shortly before her passing...about how she had forgotten what happiness was truly about, the mistakes she wished she … Continue reading Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

Music Box: Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin

    In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma.” With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti’s key. No one knew what to expect. No … Continue reading Music Box: Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin

Lady of the Harbor

It's hard to believe that, as a native New Yorker, it's been over 3 decades since my first - and last - visit to the Statue Of Liberty. It was during a 4th grade class trip, years before it was closed (from 1984 - 1986) for a much needed face-and-body lift. As someone who's loath … Continue reading Lady of the Harbor

Legacy: Fly Away, Skyline Pigeon, Fly…

***** On April 11, 1990, 1500+ people attended Ryan White's funeral. It was a sad chapter in American history (I previously wrote about it HERE). In times of sheer darkness and despair, you shone brighter than the most brilliant star and displayed a bravery rarely matched. Happy 39th birthday to the little boy with the … Continue reading Legacy: Fly Away, Skyline Pigeon, Fly…

Music Box: John Lennon ~ Still Watching The Wheels

***** I cannot remember a time in my life where I could sleep in silence. To drift into timelessness, there must be the delicate sounds of human language…music never helped either, and still doesn't…it has to be conversations in the dark, like angels converging in my timespace. Now, and since the genesis of my adulthood, … Continue reading Music Box: John Lennon ~ Still Watching The Wheels