Songwriter or Poet

Songwriter or Poet

Songwriter or Poet

When I was growing up, I wrote my first song at age 14.  Little did I know that I would write hundreds more in the years to follow.  I always started off with the poem first then set a melody to the poem.  Some start off with a melody first then add lyrics...

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Teaching Guitar – Girl with Autism and ADHD

Teaching Guitar

Teaching Guitar

I am now teaching guitar to a girl who has autism and ADHD.

I recently met with her mother and her to discuss guitar and song writing lessons.

It so happens that today was her first guitar lesson.  We started on an intermediate Spanish piece called Malaguena...

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American Idol

American Idol

American Idol

I have been watching American Idol since its inception, when Kelly Clarkson won and now is a judge on The Voice.  Kelly is soon coming out with her own television show.

American Idol last night was one of my favorites because it had the contestants singing songs from Woodstock...

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Concert Night at Calhoun High

Concert Night at Calhoun High

Concert Night at Calhoun High

My best friend’s daughter plays beautiful violin.  She is a junior at Calhoun turning 17 years old in October.  My best friend attended concert night at Calhoun High recently at the high school and she said “it was very touching”...

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Derek Smith, my guitar teacher

Guitar teacher

Guitar teacher

My guitar teacher, Derek Smith, has taught me guitar for the past five years.  He has taught me alternate tunings on the guitar, the drop D tuning so visible in the music of Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and Seals and Crofts...

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Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-American singer.  PBS had a special last night on her and it was wonderful.  This special celebrated the Gershwin Prize given to Gloria and Emilio Estefan, a couple who have 26 Grammy Awards between them.

Rita Moreno of West Side Story fame, also sang Somewhere, a song from the music...

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Meeting Patti Smith

Meeting Patti Smith

Meeting Patti Smith

Meeting Patti Smith, a Punk Rock Diva, was the highlight of my teenage years.  I say this because she is the singer and poet of our generation with a McJaggar edge.  Patti Smith was the one who dated Robert M., a well known photographer who took many pictures of her.  Her fan base is eclectic...

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Music Soothes My Dogs

Music Soothes My Dogs

Music Soothes My Dogs

I have two dogs, a Yorkie and a Maltipoo.  They are small but they bark a lot when they hear certain sounds which makes them good watch dogs.  But I have also discovered that music soothes my dogs.

I found when I sing to them it soothes them...

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A Lefty Playing Right Handed Guitar

A Lefty Playing Right Handed Guitar

A Lefty Playing Right Handed Guitar

I grew up as a left handed individual.  I wrote with my left hand.  I played tennis with my left hand.  But the guitar in my house growing up was right handed.  So I became a lefty playing right handed guitar.   It felt comfortable.  I did not know any better...

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Meditation Music

Meditation Music

Meditation Music

Amazon Music through Alexa has a Meditation station.  I use it to go to sleep every night with my earpods.  It is great if you have difficulty falling asleep naturally.  It has such relaxing music that soothes the body and calms the mind...

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