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A video of “Why Rivers Run”

“Why Rivers Run” is from the “Green to Gold” album. This is the first video of one of my songs.

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An Ocean In Between – from “Black Moon”

Here’s another instrumental from “Black Moon,” the new album I’m working on. I wrote this tune for my mother about 15 years ago. For any guitarists out there, it’s in an open G tuning: D G D G B D.

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Black Moon

I’m working on a new album. It’s called “Black Moon.” At the bottom of this post, you can download the title track. It’s a guitar instrumental.

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Lost Tracks 6 – “New Day”

Well, I wouldn’t call this a gem, but here’s another small stone from my odd little rock collection of musical memories that I’m calling “Lost Tracks.” Like the others, one day, we may get it all polished up […]

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“One Storm Away” – Third Time’s A Charm

It was still really tricky and took quite a while but, this time, I managed to improve the sound quality. So if you downloaded “Out of the Blue” before March 3, 2014, and would like to replace your copy of “One Storm Away” with the improved version, I’ve put a download link at the bottom of this page. The album download itself, on the “Out of the Blue” post, now contains the new version of the song and a new jewel case cover.

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Lost Tracks 5 – “Sandstorm Radio”

Unlike the previous Lost Track, this one is definitely not an acoustic guitar piece. Another way it differs from “Shadows in the Woodlands” is that, rather than being quite short, it’s thirteen minutes long. A mini album, you might say. So you’re really getting your money’s worth with this one. Of course, all Lost Tracks are free, so I guess that means it ain’t worth nothin’. Forget I said that.

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Green to Gold

“Green to Gold” was recorded in 1989, a year after “Out of the Blue,” and most of what I said in the post about the first album applies to the second one as well. This time though, I thought I’d focus more on the songs themselves and the memories connected to them.

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The Sparrow Stone – Chapter 4

John’s Journal – page 1 – I haven’t written much fiction. And what I did write, at least in the past, was mostly just plain hard work. Poetry was always easier for me. Even writing a piece in a traditional style was always easier than prose. I guess I was a bit hung up on the rules, till I threw them away. That and finding that I could combine fiction and verse into one form was the breakthrough for me. Having said that, somehow it still feels like it shouldn’t be this easy. This book is almost writing itself. Not that I’m complaining. Long may it last.

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The Sparrow Stone – Chapter 3

Knolley and Wenna – The others? Speaking of which, and which witch is which, I’d like to introduce to you the best friend a silly wizard ever had, just back from the Elven court, the Love of my Lives, a spellcaster of spellbinding beauty and unearthly skill, The Sorceress – Morwenna! […]

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The Sparrow Stone – Chapter 2

The Second Spell – Truth be told, I don’t have a cat. Sorry if that’s a disappointment for you. Poets often have cats, it seems. A pet to pet between easily acquired phrases or a distracting friend to play with when the words won’t come. Wait a minute, I don’t think I mentioned that I’m a poet. An unconscious, on purpose, omission, no doubt. After all, I did want you to read the book. But you’re not like that, are you? You wouldn’t drop me like a hot tomato (your use of language is fascinating) just because of an occasional affair with an old love – words? I don’t have a dog either, though I like their enthusiasm. I like […]

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