Tag: 1970s

Leonard Cohen: They’ve got you covered

Leonard Cohen: They’ve got you covered   First off…a confession …until very recently, I had no idea what a “cover tune” meant. Second confession: Now that I know that “covers” refer to artists interpreting other artists’ work, I have to say that there are a great many cover versions of tunes that I prefer to..

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David Sedaris and little old me

David Sedaris and little old me Most of us have been told at one time or another that we look just like “X” (i.e. my favorite cousin’s best friend’s elder brother/sister/wife/uncle).  Well, what happens when someone tells us that we write a whole lot like “X”? Since my book My Time with You Has Been..

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Skinned alive… surviving by the skin of my teeth

Skinned alive… surviving by the skin of my teeth For a great many years, I contemplated suicide on a near daily basis. That I didn’t actually follow through on these ideations had much less to do with principles or consideration for others than with an abiding terror of disappearing forever into the yawning abyss of..

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Sad Lisa

Sad Lisa As a person suffering from acute anxiety, I’m haunted by this beautiful, poignant song. En tant que personne souffrant d’anxiété aiguë, je suis hantée par cette chanson magnifique et poignante. (1) Yusuf Cat Stevens, Sad Lisa, Festival de Viña 2015 HD 1080p – YouTube Sad Lisa She hangs her head and cries on..

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Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home: Song Version

My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter, an Indie musician with an amazing portfolio. He has given me a wonderful Christmas gift by turning two of my poems into songs.   Here is the second tune called… Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home You can give the tune a listen by..

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An Amazing Christmas Present: A Song Adaptation of I’m a Grandpa for Rent

My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter, an Indie musician with an amazing portfolio. He has given me a wonderful Christmas gift by turning two of my poems into songs.   Here is the first tune called… I’m a Grandpa for Rent (Lyrics by Robert McBryde) Give the tune a listen by clicking..

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Ode to Thailand: Antlers and Ancestors Part One…Antlers

Bangkok Christmas 2023 Antlers in the mall   I greet you from Thailand A land that so suits me. Where kitsch is as ubiquitous As an exotic Thai fruit tree.   Here people wear antlers For Christmas, for fun. They wear elf hats and reindeer And crowns by the ton.   I’m foolish; I’m hackneyed;..

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Art for our sake

Art for our sake A tribute to the inimitable Art Fidler on his birthday (December 15) I was only 15 years old when a teacher changed my life. His name is Art Fidler. I have always experienced life as a series of random events, a sort of punctuated equilibrium characterized by a chain of chance..

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I’m a grandpa for rent

I have no grandchildren of my own, except “fur grandchildren,” so I’ve written this little scrap of doggerel to offer my services to all those parents (and grandparents) who would love a break from the relentless pressures of parenting or grandparenting.   I’m a grandpa for rent   I’m a grandpa for rent, Long in..

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I am an Indie approved sort of guy

I’m an Indie approved sort of guy Until the other day, I thought ‘Indie’ referred to a famous car race. You know, like the Indie 500… though I just discovered that the race is spelled ‘Indy 500’. Until out of the blue, I received this email message. “We wanted to give you the heads up..

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