cover of my 2nd album
"I'm singin' for the love of it... have mercy on the man who sings to be adored."--JOSH RITTER

    I like several genres of music, just as I like multiple flavors of pies. My favorite type of music is "singer-songwriter," which is sort of contemporary folk music--less polished and commercial than pop, more lyrical than rock, similar to country but with a wider range of subject matter and again less polished/ commercial.

Listening online:

Other musical links:

    Lyrics to folk and pop songs
    The encyclopedic All Music Guide site
    The number one songs on Billboard's pop chart for any date in history... along with the number ones in Britain
    Or look at the whole U.S. top 40 chart for any week 1955-1999
    A handy classical music reference site
    Interesting local musical venue: CSPS, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids: big name acts in an intimate atmosphere, and an art gallery.
    Local musicians:

My annual list of Ten Notable Albums of 2015 and 2014 and 2013 and 2012  and 1997 along with Favorite Tracks of 2000-09

Most Played on my iTunes:
  1. "White Winter Hymnal," Fleet Foxes
  2. "One Day Like This," Elbow
  3. "Emmylou," First Aid Kit
  4. "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," K.T. Tunstall
  5. "My Silver Lining," First Aid Kit
  6. "Dancing in the Dark," Bruce Springsteen
  7. "Home," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  8. "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick," Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  9. "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd
  10. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye
  11. "In a Big Country," Big Country
  12. "40 Day Dream," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  13. "The Lion's Roar," First Aid Kit
  14. "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis," Kirsty MacColl
  15. "Bloodbuzz Ohio," The National
  16. "Harvest Moon," Neil Young
  17. "Disco 2000," Pulp
  18. "Sing," Travis
  19. "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan
  20. "One Love/People Get Ready," Bob Marley and the Wailers
  21. "Ex's and Oh's," Elle King
  22. "Happy Hour," Housemartins
  23. "World Shut Your Mouth," Julian Cope
  24. "Midnight Special," Leadbelly
  25. "Down Under," Men at Work
  26. "Little Talks," Of Monsters and Men
  27. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," Proclaimers
  28. "Sean," Proclaimers
  29. "I'm On My Way," Proclaimers
  30. "Steve McQueen," Sheryl Crow
  31. "Prince Johnny," St. Vincent

Recently purchased tracks on iTunes:

New CDs in 2016:
New CDs in 2015:

I've Got the Music In Me Dept.:

    I've done some singing myself.  I wrote my first song in 1984, and performed it at the Wesley Foundation in Urbana, Illinois. Since then I have sung publicly in Atwood, Farmington, and Macomb, Illinois; and Cedar Rapids, Marion, Stone City, and Walker, Iowa.  I've recorded two CDs, "Mouth Full of Mustard" (2003) and "Almost Endless Fun" (2008). Both discs are available for the everyday, low-low price of $10. Never yet in Iowa City, though. For "Mouth Full of Mustard," half the proceeds goes to the Friends of Music at Coe.  The discs may be purchased by contacting me (

    VIDEO: "Faithful in the Rain" (videographer: Jane Claspy Nesmith)

    Hey, it's good to be back Home again!

Last update:  2/1/16