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Memorial Days

On Memorial Day, Teri Gross interviewed a father whose son was killed recently in Afghanistan. He spoke fondly of how his son had always cared for others; and then he said that he had dreamed about his son just before…

Save the Bays

Sometime in the mists of the Ancient Eighties, I got a call from Roxanne Nelson, wife of my line coach and friend Lenny "Earthquake" Nelson. She'd acquired a small grant and wanted to PAY me (!) to write a song…

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LET IT THERE AND LEAVE ME BE 

Just wrote a song called Chokoloskee, with the line: 

Delaware’s okay by me/In the springtime and the fall 

But new years to St Patricks/You can freeze yer fuckin’ balls 

Do you think”fuckin’” is too crude? Should it be “fucking?” Or…

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NOT JUST ANOTHER RAMADAN 

May 5th I’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at a fundraiser for the Delaware Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, trying to be carefree and not worry that the conjunction of Cinco de Mayo and the first day of Ramadan…

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THE BIRTH OF ROCK MACHO AND THE COUNTRY FELONS 

In Tahoe, winter was on the way, its deep-down heavy breath droning over the Sierras on the evening wind. Down below in Berkeley some summer still hung on, but in September Tahoe, a mile high, the air is thin and…

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How to Write Funny Songs

Yesterday I was honored to be the co-presenter of “Let’s Write Funny Songs” with noted comedy-songwriter CARLA ULBRICH. This was at a day of workshops presented by PASA at Terry Merriman’s gorgeous dwelling in the woods of Chester County, PA…

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BACON, ROMA, AND JAI ALAI BEER 

T​onight, Janice and I will probably watch ​Roma.​ I watched about fifteen minutes when I was visiting a good friend in Fort Myers, but then got drawn into ​Occupied,​ another show recommended by my host Mike. ​Occupied​ is a Norwegian…

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WILLY AND LOBO AND THE MAN WHO RODE SHARKS* 

WILLY AND LOBO AND THE MAN WHO RODE SHARKS* 

It was my first trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast, and Mr. Cantwell was introducing me around. He’d booked Willie Royal and I for a night at the Crow’s Nest in…

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TRUMPETS AT MIDNITE

TRUMPETS AT MIDNIGHT, DEWEY BEACH  Matt was taking his last summer as a complete human being off from work. In the fall he would go to Drexel for his MBA, and he was savoring every vacation minute. His tan …
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OCTOBER

CRABMEAT THOMPSON IN OCTOBER 

October 1st, 7 PM: I’m going to see JOHNNY NEAL at Twin Lakes brewery! 

October 6th, 4-7: SLIM CHARLES and I will rock the tent at VOLUNTEER BREWING in Middletown. 

            Simon may join…

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AUGUST

Crabmeat’s Wonderful August 

On Wednesday the 1st, I’ll perform an Environmental Children’s Show at Bethany Beach Nature Center, at 10 AM. 

Thursday, the Ninth, I’ll be at Corbit-Calloway Library in Odessa, presenting Part III of “A History of…

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Why the Lord Called me to be Crabmeat

WHY THEY CALL ME CRABMEAT...
 
I was always a difficult child. 
When my father got home from the war I was two, and he marched into the house and picked me up and I cried. He cut off his moustache…