April 14, 2014 • in By Maria

A Lifetime of Music

For my birthday this year, my oldest daughter got us tickets to see Neil Finn at Town Hall in New York City. Now, most people have never heard of Neil Finn. But maybe you’ve heard of Crowded House. Or Split …

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January 13, 2014 • in By Maria

What If You Knew You Only Had One Chance?

Photo: (cc) Kokalola/Flickr I know many of you don’t have the same love of Bruce Springsteen that I do; however, this is about more than just Bruce. But it was a Bruce moment that got me thinking about the topic …

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July 29, 2013 • in Music

Elvis and the Birth of My Love of Music

Photo © Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc I can still see it. I can still FEEL it and smell it. I was standing over a little record player and watching the record turn as the needle moved over and landed. The …

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April 01, 2013 • in Exploring

Bruce Springsteen in Australia. Twice.

It was a coincidence that my long awaited and dreamed of trip to Australia coincided with Bruce’s first tour there in 10 years. But when I saw the dates, it was the first thing I actually put money down on. It was his last night in Melbourne, and my second to last night in Australia, and I thought it would be a good way to celebrate the end of my trip. It was!

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September 21, 2012 • in Maria Recommends

First Kisses: What I Learned from
Bruce, Kenny, Jason, and the Avetts

by guest blogger Maya Rodale. This summer, I was lucky to see a few great concerts. In the midst of all the rocking and rolling and singing along with the crowd, I discovered this truth: You haven’t really heard a song until you’ve heard it played LOUD in a stadium with 20,000 people singing along. I also gleaned some insights about being an artist…or just getting a job done right…. And about writing kisses and love stories.

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September 05, 2012 • in Maria Recommends

The Summer I Saw Bruce
Springsteen Four Times

You could say I began and ended the summer of 2012 with Bruce. I started with the two shows over the Easter weekend at Madison Square Garden (the beginning of my most happy season, summer). And I ended it with the shows this past Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. And those last two shows were amazing.

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August 23, 2012 • in Maria Recommends

A Visit to My Back Porch:
Dar Williams

It was about 18 years ago. I was driving in my car with the radio on, listening to WMUH my local favorite college station. I heard a song. Time stopped. It was a beautiful woman’s voice singing “When I was a boy.” These lyrics stopped me in my tracks. So, it is my total pleasure to have Dar Williams as a guest on my back porch today.

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