Posts by ron


The Great Bobby Hebb

The Great Bobby Hebb


Posted By on Sep 4, 2015

Bobby Hebb popped into my mind just now. I wanted to hear his voice, and voila, thanks to YouTube, here he is singing his best-known song, “Sunny.” I love everything about this video, from the song itself, to the tempo change, to his tasty guitar playing, to the raw emotion in his voice, to that awesome ElectroVoice RE-15 he’s singing into. Never hurts to have Ron Carter playing electric bass! Definitely one of the...

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  And here it is, designed by the multi-talented Ian Hendrickson-Smith. I dig it! This is starting to get exciting. We’re almost there. The official release date is November 20, but Kickstarter backers will receive their rewards–with the possible exception of vinyl records–well before that. (Click to...

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Summer Jobs

Summer Jobs


Posted By on Aug 30, 2015

I don’t know what got me thinking about summer jobs. When I was in my early 20s I had a pretty memorable one in the lake region of northern Michigan, near Traverse City. I was pretty much staying with my girlfriend in New York at the time, had a cheap apartment in Philly where my stuff resided at the whopping rate of $150 a month, and was supposed to have been commuting to New York on weekends to a shitty job selling oriental...

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So I guess it’s official now. A new HBO series called VINYL is coming in 2016, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, and starring the great Bobby Cannavale. I played harmonica on the soundtrack, and did a little consulting work on the set. Can’t wait to see it. Looks pretty freaking cool. Here’s the first...

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When Music Is Like Great Sex

When Music Is Like Great Sex


Posted By on Aug 3, 2015

First of all, nothing is like great sex. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. But sometimes, for me at least, music can come close. It can also feel like bad, awkward sex. That’s another story for another day. Let’s concentrate on the good experiences. I know my perspective as a musician is different from that of the non-musician listener. But I think we all share a sort of elemental, primitive relationship...

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