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Friday Feels! Heaven – Brett Dennen cover

Brett Dennen wrote an incredible tune here. I barely held it together whilst recording this video. Let’s get down together. Please subscribe

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Sxip Shirey sure can write a song!

My friend, Sxip Shirey, wrote a song and let me sing it! We made a video for it in The Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in South Australia with some of the beautiful folks from Limbo and the fabulous Katie Spain.  It was 40℃ that day. THAT’S 104℉! Adelaide, it’s got that feeling.


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Oh Holy Night – YouTube Space LA

So, I stopped by YouTube Space LA and we created a lovely Holiday musical treat. They are so awesome and giving over there. I could have stayed all day with them. Super generous and incredibly talented.

I have some other Holiday music here on iTunes.

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★★★★★ Dekalb County GA Polling Place!


This all about the voting but I would totally get a tag or get tax here as well.

I used to think that voting was such a chore. First ya gotta do your homework. Learn up on the candidates and the referendiums.  Listen to that guy on the radio and watch the t.v.  And then, ONLY when I’m ready, I pump up my tires and lubricate my chain. Make sure my bell works properly, because pedestrians and drivers are nuts out there.  Speaking of nuts, the squirrels…don’t get me started on the squirrels. Squirrels are cute and all, but they’ll just dart right out in the lane like little bitty ding dang daredevils. And I haven’t even pedaled out of the trailer park yet!  But off I go.

I believe it’s my duty, as a citizen of this terrific country, to exercise my priviledge in affecting how my government is owned and operated. It’s so simple to me. I get outta my hammock and put the kettle on the fire. I have my coffee and head out to my usual polling place. Well, let me tell you. This time around it was incredible. As I rolled into the vast parking lot, I noticed an ample of parking spaces. Very myriad. “Where is everybody?” I wondered, as I parked my three-wheeler.  I like to park far from the front door so as to get my walking fitness in. Gotta get my steps! The venue is operated by the best crew I’ve ever experienced.  And they are helpful with directions. “Park here…turn there…the bathroom is around the corner…no running!” There were other dutiful citizens there, but it never felt crowded or anxious.  The decor was very festive, a municipal Americana vibe.  The fluorescent lights, the wood paneling, the polished linoleum.  All the ink pens had red, white or blue artificial carnation flowers taped to the end of them.  Real carnations would have been more classy, but carnations don’t really have a smell, so what would be the point.  They even give away free flair.  It’s a sticker you can proudly wear, but it’s functional, too. You can use it as a band-aid or that last piece of tape you need when wrapping a gift.  I was kinda hoping for hors d’oeuvres, but then I remembered this is America, not France. And we as the American citizenry would have to pay for that, so maybe not. I could have brought my usual brown bag lunch of roasted potato, salsa verde, vegetarian cherry pie, a pack of imported Jammy Dodgers and my trusty coffee thermal flask.  But I was only there for 12 minutes and 17 seconds. It took me longer to ride from my trailer than it took to cast my vote.  I highly recommend checking this place out for all your polling needs. I would give it anywhere from 15 to 17 stars if I could. This DeKalb County polling place gets my vote (literally).  Sadly, as it turns out, my candidate did not win this particular contest.  But I’m always proud to participate in the patriotic process, win or lose.

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Crying In The Rain – Puddles Pity Party ft. Howard Kaylan

Howard Kaylan stopped by the Teatro ZinZanni green room just prior to my Halloween early show. We sang this tearful Everly Brothers. What an honor to spend time with this legend.
You should all get his book through his website


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★★★★★ Chesapeake Bay Bridge


What an engineering wonder and emotional rollercoaster! I prefer overland travel far and above other forms of travel. Cars, buses, motorcycle with a side car, walking, bicycling…the list goes on…skateboard, roller skates, toboggan (when snow is present). I don’t care for riding horses, because I wouldn’t feel comfortable with subjecting a horse to my weight and whim. Horses don’t deserve that.
So, this bridge…WOW! Traffic went along pretty smooth considering this is the one way to get across this stretch of Chesapeake Bay. As a passenger of a vehicle, the view from this bridge is remarkable. I’m sure it’s similar to the driver of a vehicle as well, but I wasn’t driving, so I can’t say for sure. The beautiful Chesapeake Bay, or as the early Spanish called it, “Bahia de Santa Maria”, is the World’s largest estuary and it really shows. And talk about wind. This bridge has it! That’s when I saw them. One after another. Every 10 meters or so. Seabirds who, by the look of their contorted remains, were the tragic victims of this confluence of wind and bridge. A terrible sight. Now, I have no inherent love of seabirds, but they have just as much right to fly or glide or whatever they do around here. I should write to the Mayor of the Bridge and suggest installing a scarecrow to keep the seabirds away. What are seabirds scared of? Obviously not this bridge. Or cars. Maybe the Mayor could disguise the bridge as Great White Shark or a Sabertooth Tiger. Or they could divert the seabirds from their apparently doomed flight path with a fish & chips platform out in the bay. Make it a tourist destination. Come feed the elegant seabirds of Bahia de Santa Maria!
¡Elegantes Aves Marinas de la Bahía de Santa María! I’d make a side trip for that!

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★★★★★7-Eleven 1400 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago


Holy roller! This place is the best. They have it all. Great products. Great service. Their attention to detail is incredible. I go to lots of convenience stores worldwide and this one wins the prize. It goes way beyond “what’s on the rollers”. I like brekkie cereal. They have it. I like AAA batteries. Yep, they have it. Shoelaces, ice cream novelties and the GUM! Don’t even get me started. I would go out of my way to come here for a quick bite or sundries any time I’m in town. Keep up the good work. I love ‘the Sev”.

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Reflections of My Life – The Marmalade cover feat. Puddles & Nicole Atkins


This summer, before I left for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Nicole Atkins fueled up her Vanna White and drove down from NashVegas to do some goofing off in the studio with me. We didn’t know what we were going to do until it was did. We recorded this The Marmalade ditty with Tim DeLaney and James Abercrombie. Just a few friends playing around with guitars and mics and harmonicas. “Reflections of My Life” was a 1969/1970 hit single for the Scottish band, The Marmalade. It was written by their lead guitarist Junior Campbell, and singer Dean Ford. And I love it.

Nicole has a new album coming out. Check her website for details.

James Abercrombie is the MAN behind the camera.
Tim DeLaney is the mic placer & mix master.



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I’m headed to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. That’s in Scotland!

I’m bringing a new show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Don’t be at the singin’ coo’s tail!

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“It Hurts To Be Alone” is now available on iTunes


“It Hurts To Be Alone” was written by Bob Marley and Junior Braithwaite. Emily Butler captured this photo.


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