Sunday, August 29, 2021

REPLAY CENTRAL: The four features from reduced Summer 2021 schedule of Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series

     Many LIVE reading series take summers off.  Doing Virtual Fridays Dire on Zoom weekly is a blast, but I wanted some Friday nights in the summer to myself. I ended up missing it, and having four events from July-through August seems scant...but they were some great evenings. Check out Natalie Bonfig, John Domini, Anna VQ Ross, and Rachel Yoder, if you missed them----as these Dire presentations by the authors, I've been told, are like a master class in writing. 


July 9:  Natalie Brobin Bonfig




July 23 2021: John Domini


August 6 2021: Anna VQ Ross

 
August 20 2021: Rachel Yoder




Thursday, August 26, 2021

Autumn Schedule (back to weekly): Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series

    Features will read 10 minutes at either 7 PM or 8 PM, their preference. To see these events on live stream join Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series Group on Facebook or message me for information. All feature segments get uploaded to YouTube, and you have the option to subscribe.  Our  features are followed or preceded by the best open mic in the world, so bring your best stuff. 


Note: I no longer accept queries for features. 


September

3    LABOR DAY WEEKEND OFF

10   DeMisty Bellinger

 17   Cheryl Pappas

 24   Matt Bell



October

1    Michael Keith

8   Gloria Mindock

15  Molly Gaudry

22   CD Collins

29  Kevin Prufer



 November

 5  Juliet Escoria

12  Alina Stefanuscu

19  Meg Smith

26  Gregory Wolos



December

3  Damian Dressick

10 Jason Wright

17 Blake Butler

Saturday, August 21, 2021

How many Dires by location? Let me count ...


    People that know the Zoom Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series around the world, may not know of the live event I ran in Cambridge, Ma. People in Cambridge may not realize that after a year and a half it popped up as a Zoom reading. For all of those folks here is the complete event tally and locations. 





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                                                                                                                                      TOTAL

February-March 2001 - First Tuesday reading at Cantab Underground                            2


June 2001-Aug 2002- First Friday, Out of the Blue Art Gallery                                       15
                                    168 Brookline St., Cambridge



Sept 2002-Oct 2011-First Friday, Out of the Blue Art Gallery                                         110
                                    106 Prospect St., Cambridge






Nov 4, 2011-                -First Friday, Yarrow                                                                        1
                                    106 Prospect St., Cambridge



Dec 2011-Sept 2014-First Friday, Out of the Blue Art Gallery                                          34
                                    106 Prospect St., Cambridge



Oct 2014-Nov 2017-First Friday, Out of the Blue Too                                                       38
                              541 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge 

Dec 2017-June 2018 First Saturday Afternoon, The Middle East Cafe
                               480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge                                                    7

July 2018                   First Saturday Afternoon, Zuzu
                               480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge                                                    1


Aug 2018-                Oct 2018 First Saturday Night, First Friday too
                                 Center for Arts at the Armory
                               191 Highland Ave., Somerville                                                             3

April 2020-August 20          Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series  on Zoom                    62 and counting
                                                                                                                                     __________
                                                                                                                                          273




Monday, August 2, 2021

The Resigned Life of a Condo Trustee, published in Great Weather for Media's Anthology, Paper Teller Diorama


Wow, that's a mouthful. I know Great Weather For Media, the publisher of this anthology, through their sponsored reading series in New York City George Wallace, David Lawton and all the gang. 
 They also put out a variety of books and if you check out the link, there are many to choose from. 

The anthology, Paper Teller Diorama includes my flash fiction, The Resigned Life of a Condo Owner. (sneak preview to the left)

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: I am a condominium trustee at my complex in real life, not just playing one on TV, The adjacent buildings next to ours were being used as a dumping ground. I took that to create this twist of fact flash fiction piece where the Department of Public Works and various town offices calls our brave protagonist. Anyway, please check it out, at $19.00, it's cheap, without  garbage. 


MORE ON THE ANTHOLOGY:

Paper Teller Diorama is a thrilling collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with San Francisco poet laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin.

Contributors: Claudia Acevedo-QuiƱones, Abraham Ajani, Austin Alexis, Joel Allegretti, Talal Alyan, John Amen, Oliver Baer, Pichchenda Bao, Tanya M. Beltran, Guy Biederman, Ama Birch, billy cancel, Ian Cappelli, Paul Corman-Roberts, Jeff Cottrill, Carol V. Davis, John Paul Davis, Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees, Sean Thomas Dougherty, SaraEve Fermin, Cornelius Fortune, Timothy Gager, Emma Ginader, Diane Goettel, Rosalind Goldsmith, Leanne Grabel, Isa Guzman, Tim Hanson, Cindy Hochman, Erica Hoffmeister, Matthew Hupert, Karl Michael Iglesias, Alexis V. Jackson, Kit Kennedy, Ivan Klein, Andrew Kozma, Kate LaDew, Chime Lama, Jane LeCroy, Simon Lowe, Linda Malnack, Loria Mendoza, Anthony Morales, Valerie Nieman, Christy O’Callaghan, Jimmy Pappas, Wanda Phipps, Kenneth Pobo, Nicca Ray, Timothy Ree, Nnadi Samuel, Alan Semerdjian, Robert L. Shuster, Hilary Sideris, Myles Taylor, Aaron Tillman, John J. Trause, Andres Vaamonde, Cleo-Valentin, Alexandra van de Kamp, Carl Watson, Shannon Wolf, Celeste Rose Wood, Janet Jiahui Wu, Anton Yakovlev, and Donald Zirilli

George Wallace interviews Tongo Eisen-Martin

Cover artwork by Amy Brier


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

15 minute reading with WANA live from June 30, 2021

 I was posting a lot of video readings so I held back on posting this one (bottom of pate), but it's a good one for short attention spans, clocking in at 16:26.      


WANA (Writers Association of Northern Appalach) hosts a reading interview often and the hostsDamian Dressick, and Christina Fisanick are energetic and professional. 


HERE  IS the show:


Monday, July 19, 2021

I'm in Surviving Suicide Anthology, (it may save a life) but better yet, I've included the toll free Suicide Prevention Hotline Number

 SOS, Surviving Suicide: a collection of poems which may save a life, was released by Dean Stalham (Nirala publication,New Delhi )   It is a collection which includes my poem Deathiversary, A Year and a Day Later, and all of the people you can see beneath the book cover. Yuyu Sharma, my friend from Nepal was kind enough to ask me to contribute. 

 This is all pretty great, and maybe it will save a life---as many of us have been touched by a suicide or have considered it ourselves. 

Let me tell you though, that's a powerful ass poem if it'll cure depression and get someone off the ledge. I'd like to recommend counseling and a psychiatrist for mental health needs, and also to know this number, which is the Suicide Prevention Hotline :

800-273-8255



Contents

 Foreword Carlotta Allum / 9 

RAVI SHANKAR The Great Sun / 17 

dPART Rope / 20 BANU ERCON That Day / 

21 DANIELLE BUTTERS I nearly said goodbye / 23 CHRISTOPHER SOUTHGATE Sestina / 25

 ROY BARKER I have a choice / 27

 BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH You can hold your head high / 28

 The Angry Black Poet / 29

 TIM TOMLINSON Multiple Attempts on Dark Hollow Road, Friday Nights in Winter / 31

 Last Words / 32

 Godless / 33

 KAREN LITTLE Along the river / 34 

SADIE MASKERY No one can tell you / 35 

ANON Suicide Roulette / 37 

WENDY YOUNG Don’t judge/38 

MIKE GRAVES Stairway / 42 

SOPHIE CAMERON I love you always / 43 

ALBY STOCKLEY Grenade / 45 

KAREN CORINNE HERCEG Down from the Ledge / 48 

EVE MCDOUGALL TIK, TOK / 49 

MEGAN GARRETT-JONES Aladdin Trousers / 51 

MAT LLOYD Blokes 2020 / 54 

CAROL LYNN STEVENSON GRELLAS A Daughter’s Project / Getting over a Suicide / 58 To the Year of Unknowing / 59 

CARRIE MAGNESS RADNA People with Sad Eyes / 61 Family Sorrows / 63 

MARTIN HEAD What Could I Have Done? / 66 

JASON WISTERIA ‘A catch from above’ / 68 

JEREMY REED Dead Number, for Matthew Lewis / 71 Do Ya / 72 

ANNE CASEY She understood/ 73 

AGNES MARTON Time to Destination: Unknown / 76 

SUZANNE FRENCH There’s always another day / 77 

PAT LEACOCK AKA PDLpoet Strength in Numbness / 78 

MADELEINE F. WHITE One for Sorrow… / 80 

HENRY MADD Extraordinary Creatures / 82 

PATRICK LYONS Mirrors of the Dead / 85 

RORY PADDLE AKA RAWBYNATURE It’s Just the Face / 86 

DAVID NO ONE Wounded / 88 

SAM RAPP I Survived / 89 

AGNES MEADOWS Yellow / 91

 GIL DE RAY Erasing Awareness / 92 

SIMON MILES On Chelsea Bridge / 97 

DAVID ERDOS Let’s play these words as Ace / 98

 DAVE MANKIND Let’s All Hang Together / 101 

GILL FEWINS The Day After I Kill Myself / 103 

KIRSTY ALISON Install the Update / 105 

JUDITH MOK The Whetter of the Knife/ 108 

DAVID AXELROD Nothing Monumental/ 109 

BILL WOLAK Lost in Darkness/ 110 

JAMES RAGAN To a Mother and Child at the LA Mis- sion Shelter / 112 

CATHERINE ALICE WOODS Rocket Ships and Fireworks / 113 

FERN ANGEL BEATTIE Mining Rubies / 114 A

MAR AAKASH Messiah Puppy / 115 

TIM KAHL The Fermata / 117 

GERARD BEIRNE Ways of Survival / 118

 TIMOTHY GAGER Deathiversary: Years and A Day Late/119 

SANDRA YANNONE Grief / 120 

YOGESH PATEL Hofstadter’s Strange Loop / 122 

ANNA HALBERSTADT A Warm Weekend In May / 123 

MEGHA SOOD The Note / 125 

PATRICIA CARRAGON Just Say I Love Him / 127 

DARIUSZ TOMASZ LEBIODA The Last Letter Of Romek Jaskier / 128 

AMANDA GOVAN Life Drawing / 129 

JOHN PRASTITIS Light Pours Out / 131 

LUKE SULLIVAN I Stand on the Quay / 132 

YUYUTSU SHARMA You see it coming, Lincoln Centre / 134 

CARLOTTA ALLUM We Watched Her / 136 

DEAN STALHAM Daddy Duties/ 138 

The Poets Of SOS Surviving Suicide / 145 

Acknowledgments / 153

Friday, July 2, 2021

Fiction from the Summer Issue of Wilderness House Literary Review


Happy to announce the Summer fiction I was honored to read for Wilderness House Literary Review. To read the ENTIRE ISSUE, click the link


 WHLR 62st  Issue (Volume 16, no 2)-July 2021

Three Flash Fictions published in Punk Noir Magazine

 How do I fit into this? Here's their description. I fit most under "punk." looking at the world in its most askew. Thanks to Editors BF Jones and Stephen J. Golds

Punk Noir Magazine  is purportedly an online arts and entertainment magazine that looks at the world at its most askew, casting a bloodshot eye over films, music, television and more. There are interviews, reviews, news, poetry, fiction, micro fiction, and flash fiction.  And some other stuff too, I’m sure. Indeed, a veritable cornucopia of carryings on.

Both punk and noir are words that have been so overused and misused that they pretty much mean nothing now. They’re random adjectives that are regularly added in a scattershot way, so combining them allows a lot of scope for the site. No sense? Nonsense!


 Anyway, I love their sensibility, and love that they picked three of my flash fictions. It's nice to get some new flash out in the world, the first of 2021, and first since October 2020. 

Here's the story behind the stories. Iope you have fun reading these---they go from heavy to real, and then ridiculous (but is it really that much so?).

1) Disremembering 

Is about how times go when you either forget or decide to not take needed medication 

2) How You Met Your Husband

This story is actually about how a friend of mine met her husband. This though is fiction, but I won't tell anyone what's real or not. 

3) Poke

Poke is a fun one about someone who missing the old Facebook "poke" and would like to bring it back as a dating app. 





Thursday, July 1, 2021

REPLAY CENTRAL: All Last springs features at Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series (April 9- June 25, 2021)

 April 9: All Open Mic, One Year Anniversary Event-


 April 16:  Sandra Simonds


 April 23: George Wallace


April 30: Caroline Levitt


May 7: Charles Coe


May 14: Susan Henderson


May 21: Major Jackson


plus bonus track


June 4: Kara Vernor


June 11: Meredith Goldstein


June 18: Kimberly Ann Priest


June 25: Joanna Rakoff




 

Monday, June 28, 2021

"What Dante Learned" included in Ibbetson Street 49

Happy my poem, "What Dante Learned" was included in this wonderful issue of Ibbetson 49 along with Marge Piercy, Jennifer Barber, Ted Kooser, Keith Tornheim, Deborah Leipziger, Mary Buchinger Bodwell, Jennifer Matthews, Kathleen Aguero, Carla Schwartz, Zvi A. Sesling, Ruth Chad, Lainie Senechal, Wendell Smith, Dennis Daly, Lawrence Kessenich, Chad Parenteau, Mike Steffen, Denise Provost, Ed Meek, David Miller, Molly Lynn Watt, Tomas O'Leary, Harris Gardner, Thomas E. DeFreitas, Karen Klein, Nina Rubinstein Alonso Hathaway, Beatriz Alba, and so many others

Ibbetson is always a fine read. I am a frequent flyer in Ibbetson, 14 times, as my poems have appeared in issues 13, 21, 23, 25, 28, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 45, and now 49

That's fourteen times. Man, am I ever grateful

To purchase, you can---on LULU

Thanks Doug Holder and Harris Gardner



Now about, "What Dante Learned,"  My poem is about life's lesson's learned as told from Dante's point of view in the poem Dante's Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Dante is sent on a journey through hell by poet Virgil. Typical of hell, you get there through loss of spiritual values. Pretty basic heaven and hell stuff---and many of us an relate to the loss of spiritual values. 

HERE IT IS....but buy the rest of this wonderful issue using the link provided above. 



Saturday, June 26, 2021

Reduced Summer and Autumn Schedule 2021 Virtual Dire Literary Series


                                              July

9   Natalie Brobin Bonfig

23   John Domini


August 

                                 6   Anna Q. Ross

20   Rachel Yoder


 


September

3    LABOR DAY WEEKEND OFF

10   DeMisty Bellinger

 17   Cheryl Pappas

 24   Matt Bell



October

1    Michael Keith

8   Gloria Mindock

15  Molly Gaudry

22   CD Collins

29  Kevin Prufer



 November

 5  Juliet Escoria

12  Alina Stefanuscu

19  Meg Smith

26  Gregory Wolos



December

3  Damian Dressick

10 Jason Wright

17 Blake Butler

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

While all this Covid 19 was happening, I may not have posted videos of my readings, so here they all are!

After the video below was posted, I realized I've posted videos on many social media platforms, but not here. Here are as many as I could find since March 2020.

May 8, 2021, Lit Balm, with Matthew Zapruder, Vahni Capildeo, and Andre Bagoo
Honored to be part of this all-star team. OMG, check out the epic poem by Vahni (she screen shares)




April 24, 2021, Virtual Speak East. with Karen Klein, Nancy Gray
and Dance by Kelley Donovan, Roza Dance Company, Boston Community Dance Project
This one was pretty cool. I love multi-art readings!




April 18, 2021, Rockport Poetry Festival
Lots of readers here, all doing about five minutes. Nine poets in my group. 




March 14, 2021, New England Poetry Club, with Linda Haviland Conte, and Elenor Kedney
After the features, the open mic with members from NEPC was pretty damn stellar 





March 10, 2021, Stone Soup, hosted by Chad Parenteau
One of the oldest open mics in Boston, kept alive by Chad. 




February 28, 2021, Book Launch for 2020 Poems, with Guests Jennifer Martelli and Yuyutsu Sharma.
Grateful for this day. 





January 20, 2021, The Writers Voice with Linda McHenry
Nice to be interviewed by Linda, who is the quintessential professional 

 

  August 6, 2020, Boston Poetry Marathon
Greater than 26 miles of poetry. This went on for three days. 




July 27, 2020, Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer, with Doug Holder
I've picked up many tips on the interview process from Doug Holder

Monday, May 3, 2021

Video of my appearance on Freshwater Literary Series posted today on Vimeo

I've known John Sheier for over ten years, and I've been published in Freshwater, the literary journal of Asuntuck Community College, so when John asked me to be their guest, I jumped. It is also a good interview technique to butter up the guest by saying they are a writer they like right off they bat. (They really, really, like me>)This interview is about 2020, the year, and the poetry book, so I'm glad to share it with you.

Freshwater Literary Series - Episode Two - Timothy Gager.mp4 from Asnuntuck Public Speaking on Vimeo.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Going Back Into the Wilderness this Spring? Here are the Fiction selections for WHLR Spring 2021 Issue


 It's spring and Vaccination Nation is upon us. Birds are singing, the sky is blue and if you are vaccinated you can do the things you wanted to do last Spring. Why say, "no," to that, and help others stay healthyt, even though the maskless freedom fighters didn't give two shits then, so why should they give one shit now. That's not fiction, but these stories are. The following are the selections I made as fiction Editor for Wilderness House Literary Review's Spring Issue:



Also: Publishing credits may get you mentioned elsewhere. Just ask Emma Deimling!








WHLR 61st  Issue (Volume 16, no 1)-April 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

REPLAY CENTER: Winter's features from Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series-recordings

   Replay some great readings and interviews from January 8, Rick Moody,  all the way to March 26, with Steven Cramer



1.8.21 Rick Moody 



1.15.21 Laurette Folk


1.22.21 Mark Saba


1.29.21 Sarah Anne Johnson

2.5.21 Josh Barkan
and Jennifer Haigh

2.12.21 Keetje Kuipers

2.19.21 January O'Neil

2.26.21 Elle Nash

3.05.21 Daneille Zaccagnino

3.12.21 Marty Beckerman

3.19.21 Nathan Graziano 

3.26.21 Steven Cramer

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

2021 Spring Schedule for Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series (4/9-6/25, 2021)


     
Features will read 10 minutes at either 7 PM or 8 PM, their preference. To see these events on live stream join Virtual Fridays Dire Literary Series Group on Facebook or message me for information. All feature segments get uploaded to YouTube, and you have the option to subscribe.  Our  features are followed or preceded by the best open mic in the world, so bring your best stuff. For previous features see HERE

Note: I no longer accept queries for features. 

April

2 Easter Weekend- OFF

9 The all-open mic One Year Anniversary Event

16 Sandra Simonds

23 George Wallace

30 Caroline Leavitt

May

7 Charles Coe

14 Susan Henderson

21. Major Jackson 

28 Memorial Day Weekend-OFF 

June

4 Kara Vernor

11 Meredith Goldstein

18 Kimberly Ann Priest 

25 Joanna Smith Rakoff



Still Zonking the Zoom Bombers--You can't get me!!


Because of pranks, perversion, and racism which will not be tolerated, here are some guidelines I will be using some of the following at various times.

1) People will be Automatically muted when entering, only host can unmute you, at any time
2) Eliminate Chat
3) Eliminate screen share
4) Lock Dire at 715 so even if you get booted out by mistake, you may not be able to re-enter--sorry.
5) Block camera ability for any interlopers that are frustrated by all of the above.
6) Not post the event on Twitter
7) Not publicly post Dire link to zoom

7+) Immediately remove offending animal. 



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Monday, March 15, 2021

21 Words of mine, "Motel Room," published in Molecule today

 

Molecule, a group of two or more atoms that form the smallest identifiable unit into which a pure substance can be divided and still retain the composition and chemical properties of that substance.


Molecule, a tiny lit mag.

(read it here)

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Molecule takes poems, prose, fiction, plays, interviews and art, which are fifty words or less. Edited and founded by Kevin Carey, and MP Carver, Festival Director at MassPoetry, the magazine has gotten "big," by being small for the past two years. 

Here's the Table of Contents, which feature some folks (Chris O'Carroll, Chad Parenteau, J.D. Scrimgeour, Michael Estabrook, David Somerset, Cindy Veach, Elizabeth Weiss) I know.  If the listed Table of Contents (below) piques your interest, go to the site and download the issue for FREE






Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Grey Sparrow Press Tenth-Year Anniversary Anthology: Catch the Moon, includes my poem Everything's Connected from 2009

 It is an honor to appear in their beautiful Anniversary issue (which you can buy HERE), which celebrates ten years of Grey Sparrow Press.


     Grey Sparrow Press, in this landmark book, cherishes the voices of national writing treasures published over ten years; Robert Bly, Robert Wexelblatt, Michael R. Keith, Jules Nyquist, Khem Aryal, Marie Sheppard Williams [posthumously,] Doug Holder, Momila Joshi, William Woolfitt, Thomas Smith, M.J. Iuppa, LB Chhetri, John Roche to name a few. Grey Sparrow Press was formed as a non-profit 501[c]3 May 11, 2009. Writing is dedicated to global issues that haunt us all.

     My poem, Everything's Connected appeared in only their second issue, as currently they have published 36.

Also, I recited it way back in 2009. Has anything changed since then?



Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Two Poems published 1) Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and 2) Bagel Bards #14

      The poem, Living With Rabbits, appears on page 19, of my bestselling book 2020 Poems. It also appears in this month's Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. I've been in Dead Mule a few times, but they now have a really modern and stiffy website with photographs accompanying each piece of fiction or poetry. You should really check it out, the website is absolutely gorgeous. 

To the right is the picture they used for my poem: 


    That's kind of a cool rabbit, but far less superior to mine, as I do live with rabbits and talk them during the pandemic.  Look there is one of them! Bertie surviving the pandemic!

      The story behind the poem is that apparently if you are a woman you can feel safe staying as the guest of a guy who owns rabbits, as they probably are not interested in women anyway...so it's going to be safe. Right? Not everyone is so, please be safe whether men own rabbits or not.


     My second publication is in the Bagels with the Bards Anthology #14, put out by the group the Bagel Bards, who the late Sam Cornish said

     "The Bagel Bards (or Bagels with the Bards) (are) a group of poets varied in age, race, gender meet, share poems, discuss poetry, drink lots of coffee, chew a bagel if so desired, sometimes sell their books. The atmosphere is generous and open to all, and you don’t have to be a poet to attend. What I find most exciting about the Bards, people here are not conscious of reputation and achievement, but love the poem and good friendly unpretentious talk."


     They have also put out 14 anthologies, and to be an official Bagel Bard you only have to go to one meeting of the group---and now, Zoom counts! The group was started by well-know poets Doug Holder and Harris Gardner as a way to start a poetry community in the Somerville, Massachusetts area.  The book is lovely as well, and this round was edited by David Miller. Steve Glines, as always, contributed the design, both inside and out. 


Sunday, February 28, 2021

So I had a book launch for 2020 Poems and it went like this...

 



Thanks to all that attended....there were so many! Special thanks to Robin Stratton who hosted, and runs Big Table Publishing----and also my wonderful special guests, poets, Jennifer Martelli and Yuyutsu Sharma

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jones Woodfin Purcell, December 20, 1955-February 23, 2021

  
 "The most original singer songwriter in his time period"

 -Drummer, |Ed Shockey speaking on Jones Purcell


"Troubled and supremely talented songwriting genius. Coulda and shoulda been more widely recognized, if not for the baggage."

 - Most of the Universe  


Sometimes when I scroll through Netflix or Amazon Prime Movies there are this music documentaries about musicians or bands that should have made it, and for various reasons did not. Jones Purcell, or as he was known, Woody should have one made about him. He was hands down one of the best song writers I've ever encountered, and certainly one of the best I've ever heard. He was brilliant, funny---could play anything, in any style. Here are some of his songs, but these demos or studio versions of his songs do not give them much justice, as I think there was too much to mettle and play with in studio settings---the music was always better live.

The music posted on Sound Cloud is curtesy of DC Harbold, who said, 

"Woody was a complicated brilliant man that I was privileged not only to play with but to call a friend."

So what happened? Baggage? Is that what you call it?

Well, you can't understand what you can't understand.

Those who knew him well knew of his struggle with mental illness, although we didn't really talk about it back then. He self-medicated with alcohol which often caused volatile behavior, and although filling rooms with his various bands, he was banned at various venues for his behavior. He was known for being in the band The MIBs, The Ranchers, Kamikaze Posse, The Jones Purcell Band, Pie Hawkers, nu-MIBS, Cornbred--all forces of music in the 80s-90s Delaware Music scene.



Woody came to the Delaware scene vis South Carolina, brought in by John Baumeister who played with Woody in a band called the Mammals which morphed into the MIBs.

"One Christmas I was visiting my folks in Charleston and found him playing in a place called Captain Harry’s. We went to see him and he started throwing beer bottles at the fireplace and yelling at people. Anyone who knew him would not consider that unusual. So I told him that he should come back with me to Delaware. We had a house in Elkton (the Land Yacht) where he could stay and we could start a new band and just play. This was about 1980/81. So he packed up and came back with me. I was living with Paul Slivka and Jim Hannum among others and so we began the band." 


    He made tight friends until things would happen, usually he would flip out on them and then bridges were burned. Looking back, we had much less understanding of mental health, and even people in need of recovery were not empathized with much. People always returned though, either drawn in by his talent or

personality. I knew him quite well, and although avoided him after some of his angry outbursts, we would always check in with each other. In 1986 he was looking to move somewhere, and I was living in Lexington, Ma., with my parents, so he came up to play -- maybe start a band. We played all week, but he was down, and in his dry, dark, sense of humor, stated, "I was planning on killing myself, but I didn't want to upset your Mom." The only impression he had made on her was a good one. My mom really liked him.

    After that he disappeared for about five years. He moved to Nashville, and didn't really tell anyone. He played, wrote, and worked as a roadie for The True Believers. I was on with my Boston life, by that time but we kept in touch via late night phone calls, and later on social media. Lately he would say or comment, "I'm proud to know you," even when his health began to fail horrible, ending up, in and out of hospitals because of various medical issues, as he needed oxygen now to live, and was having trouble walking.


Sax player Alan Yandziak,

"So sad to hear. He was such a force of nature and one of Delaware s favorite sons. I'm sure everyone's got a story or two to tell, and I'll be sure to raise a glass to a one of a kind talent. He will be missed."

    Yesterday and today there is a lot being said about his music, and life. To say that he suffered through life isn't true or even fair, as he had a huge kind heart when he wasn't fighting off his demons. I never blamed him for having them, though at times I needed to distance myself. Jones, I hope the afterlife treats you like a king, and  I'm proud to have known you. 

There will be no documentary, but there should be.