Category Archives: Book

Birthday Blues

  April 20……..Hitler’s birthday. Mine as well. I’m in a Doctors waiting room in Amherst Virginia, been here for two hours, FOX NEWS on the TV. Springtime for Hitler doesn’t feel so much like a joke. I got a tick … Continue reading

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Memphis Earlene Schools Me Again

There’s no place in the Blues for “My Child Didn’t Get into an Elite Pre-school.Children do not belong in the Blues. Lost my Baby in the Mall? A heartstopper if you’re the parent but it’s not the Blues. ” Don’t … Continue reading

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Breadloaf Blues

Breadloaf Blues.

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Blues Entitlement

 Yes, there’s a difference between the blues and plain old self-pity.    You have the right to sing the blues if you work for Wal-mart. You have a right to sing the blues if you ain’t got no home in this … Continue reading

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DMV Blues

‘I went down to the Department of Motor Vehicles/ To get my license renewed…..” The official line is  I get better with age, like good whiskey, but tell that to the  camera.  Getting a new photo ID is like being confronted with … Continue reading

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Blues for Beginners: Rousing the Sales Force

“Woke up this morning,…..and went back to sleep”   That’s the lyrics to Epstein-Barre Blues, written by Memphis Earlene Gray before she turned commercial on me.  She wants her place in Wikipedia, if only as a footnote. She needs a sales … Continue reading

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Boots, Roots, and the Blues.

Her age? Timeless. Ethnicity? Bluish. Memphis Earlene Gray is an Avatar of the Boogie Gods. And she’s way cooler than I’ll ever be. “You don’t choose the Blues, they choose you,” Memphis Earlene reminds me. “They chose you when you … Continue reading

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