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Reggae Phase

Reggae Phase

I had a serious reggae phase in approximately 1984-1985, when I was 14-15. It started with Bob Marley, as all reggae phases do. Survival (1976) and Rastaman Vibration (1979) had been in my father’s vinyl collection since the early 1980s, when a record-store clerk thought he might like them, but they weren’t my Neil Diamond- and Barry Manilow-listening father’s
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On Open Mics

On Open Mics

Many singer/songwriters perform for the first time at open mic nights. You know how open mics work, right? You show up at the appointed time, sign up for a slot, and wait around to perform your two songs. Sometimes, you wait around for a long, long time. You’re supposed to pass that time listening to your peers
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On Songwriting Contests

On Songwriting Contests

Over Memorial Day weekend, I participated in the New Folk contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the annual gathering of songwriters and song appreciators in the hill country between Austin and San Antonio. The way it works is, you submit two songs before the early Fall deadline. Then, a jury selects 32 finalists from among the 500+ submissions. Those
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