The Woman Upstairs

gino vannelli piano

For months the melody and chords were like pulses and waves blowing through long, narrow hallways, from a distant room in a sprawling stone house. The emotions were vivid, yet the words indistinct. I had written two complete sets of lyrics and remained unsatisfied. One night I

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Purple LEDs and Two Tubes of Yellow

gino vannelli and his band in amsterdam in october 2018

I hadn’t been on a month-long road trip for some time. These days I’m more inclined to broaden our schedule so there is ample recovery time after each group of concerts—usually two or three at a stretch. Giving my best is the idea. But flying to Holland

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Salvation Army Fundraising

My neighbor Ken asked me to help try and raise some money for the Salvation Army at a local supermarket. I brought the boys. They were very gracious, even with those little infernal bells we kept ringing. I didn’t think they minded me using them as bait

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The Dark and Wild Woods

Along the shady wooded path, Not ours to know what lies ahead, Walk on we must To and beyond what Pit, fallen bough, or wooded creature we dread. With a huntsman’s bow and quiver, Straight spine and sure foot, Whatsoever springs upon us Overcome or not, we

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