Category Archives: Music


… I wrote the lyrics for the following songs mostly in my 20s. I was doing poetry performances in Philly in the late 70s and began singing with a band, The Sea of Hands, who accompanied me, before doing songs of their own. It would […]

The Story of Jingle Bells

… Jingle Bells was written as a Thanksgiving song by James Lord Pierpont in the autumn of 1850 in a tavern in Medford, Massachusetts, a town popular for its sleigh races. … Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we […]

Going Back to Work Again

In 1970 I was living in East Lansing, Michigan where some friends were attending MSU. I started to read my poetry at the Aardvark Coffee House. Even in the beginning I was more of a performer than a reader. I’d film the audience with a […]

Wild Rose

… I believe the flowers in the photos above (I took them this morning in Tompkins Square on my way to class) are wild roses. They look very similar to what we called wild roses in the South Mountain in Pennsylvania where I grew up. […]

Sweet Little Angel: Wuhan, China: July 9 and 10, 2008

… July 9th I’m sitting in my hotel room in Wuhan; it’s about six-thirty in the morning. I got up at four, made some coffee and played guitar on the terrace, overlooking the campus and part of East Lake. I bought an acoustic guitar on […]

First Take: I sing a song

… I discovered my favorite American artist, Charles Burchfield, at the age of 16 while I was reading a Time Magazine in the library at Cornwall High where I used to have to wait for the bus to take me home because I lived way […]