Brother Donnie Yance at Mederi Center

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A few years ago I met a man named Donnie Yance after giving a concert at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles. Turns out Donnie is professed as a Secular Fransiscan monk. Brother Donnie is one of the most respected authorities on herbs in the country. His

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Remembering Mom

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I’ve wrestled with the desire to share this bit of sad news with you. I’m not inclined to either bore or darken anyone’s day, but because my brothers and I could not have been with Mom in her last moments, she, being in a care facility in

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The Woman Upstairs

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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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