Trolling for Treasure in Foreign Lands

If reading has been as natural to you as breathing during your life, then you might have acquired an e-reader along the way.  It occurred to me recently, as my husband prepared for a short stay in Afghanistan, that e-readers have changed the elusive challenge of book finding in foreign countries.  The benefit is that […]

Mick Kinney: A Song in His Heart and a Pencil in His Hand, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced you to Mick Kinney, a musical omnivore, and discussed his songwriting, which finds sources in a variety of genres. Part 2 analyzes one song. Mick’s song “Spare Us the Verse,” from Secret Songbook, illustrates the music hall style, while it also comments on the history of songwriting […]