Monthly Archives: September 2018

Songwriting with Soldiers?

Songwriting with soldiers a powerful way to tell their stories Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • September 14, 2018 “For me, art is to tell truths that are hard to tell. Songs are incredibly powerful vehicles to … Continue reading

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Willie Salutes Sinatra: Return of the Gentleman’s Code

SKF NOTE: Willie Nelson, one of my favorite musicians, released his new album today, a tribute to Frank Sinatra titled, “My Way.” Last night, prior to today’s album release, I listened to Willie sing “One for My Baby (And One … Continue reading

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Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90 Ellie Mannette, Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90 By Karen Zraick — Aug. 31, 2018 As a child in Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital, Mr. Mannette became fascinated with…bands…using trash cans and buckets as drums…to create … Continue reading

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Joe LaBarbera: My Gretsch Set-Up with Chuck Mangione

SKF NOTE: In the early 1970s Joe LaBarbera was recording and performing with Chuck Mangione. The group released three excellent albums with Mr. LaBarbera: Land of Make Believe (Mercury, 1973), Bellavia (A&M, 1975), and Chase the Clouds Away (A&M, 1975). … Continue reading

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Papa Jo Jones with Louis Armstrong

SKF NOTE: Papa Jo Jones here in the drum chair once held by his friend Big Sid Catlett. Papa Jo is always fun to watch because there’s always something drummers can learn from him.

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