Category Archives for "Articles"

November 2, 2016

A Tale of Two Cities

Funny about writing styles.  They either inform, entertain, or put up a barrier.  Some styles make a connection between reader and writer.  Others are bloodless. Three new and important books about cities may illustrate this point.  Once in a Great City A Detroit Story is by journalist David Maraniss.  Beyond Rust Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the […]

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October 21, 2016

Singing for Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

  Every now and then, when it gets late, and stories get more colourful, I ask if anyone wants to hear of the time I sang for Tony Bennett.  Few can resist.  I know you can’t, so read on.   Years ago I had a radio program at CBC Toronto, the Canadian public broadcaster.  My […]

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September 14, 2016

New York Cops

A few years ago, I was walking up the steps to Madison Square Garden in New York City.  A cop turned around to stare.  What caught his eye was my two boys with shoulder length hair, one with a vintage Who T-shirt and the obligatory denim.  We were entering the fabled Garden to see the […]

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September 12, 2016

Lessons from David Bowie

Originally posted January 25th, 2016 The 36 year anniversary of the release of Scary Monsters David Bowie did not register with me until very late in his career, and long after my intense interest in rock and roll. I had been in the right place on a couple of occasions, starting in 1968 in Montreal’s Paul Sauve Arena […]

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August 31, 2016

Olympics Are Out, But Not Big Ideas

As you well know from listening to long-gone Mayor Jean Drapeau of Montreal, the Olympic Games can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby.  There have been breakthroughs in medical science since the Mayor promoted the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Calgary, Sarajevo, Beijing, Barcelona, Seoul, Los Angeles and Salt Lake […]

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