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A Dubious Poll

The The Chicago Tribune released a poll this morning claiming that Emanuel would eke out a victory if the election were today. I’m skeptical about that: The Trib is endorsing Emanuel and probably wouldn’t mind generating a little band wagon effect for him. Also, The Trib predicted that Emanuel would win the primary, and we saw how […]

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Boom!

Video of a live performance: “Boom Boom Boom,” first time we ever did it with sax. Not bad. Recorded at Silvies in April, on Chicago’s north side with a Zoom mini-recorder. Dorothy McDaniel on bass, Alpha Stewart on percussion, John Temmerman on sax, and me  on guitar. The song’s also on our Live at Custer Street album. […]

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Summertime

The video below was recorded Saturday, May 14 at Silvies on Chicago’s north side with a Zoom video recorder.  That’s John Temmerman on sax, Dorothy McDaniel on bass, Alpha Stewart on percussion, and me on guitar. Man, all three of my cohorts did themselves proud on this number. The surprise thunderclap after the song was a […]

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Zombies Stink (& Vampires Suck) from show at Silvies

The live version of Zombies Stink (& Vampires Suck) below was recorded Saturday, April 19–the night before Easter–at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. Alpha Stewart is on drums, Dorothy McDaniel on bass, John Temmerman on Sax, and that’s me on guitar. It was a fantastic night. If you’d like to  compare the live version with the studio version, […]

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review of One Less Elvis (and Other Stories) from WCR

  Book Review: One Less Elvis (and Other Stories) One Less Elvis (& Other Stories). Kent McDaniel. Amazon Digital Services, Inc., December 20, 2013, Kindle E-Book, 64 pages. Reviewed by David Laipple. Chicago author Kent McDaniel shows us how to have fun with short stories, starting with a novelette, who-done-it murder mystery. The title story, One Less Elvis, is a […]

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One Less Elvis (and Other Stories)

I have a new e-book out, One Less Elvis (and Other Stories). It features five crime stories and/or tales of folks pushed to the existential edge. I’m going to paste in the blurb from Smashwords below: The title story is a 10,000 word novelette set in Chicago in 1993. More specifically at the Anders Regency […]

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More Tomasewski

More Tomasewski; Del Staeker: Musa Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; 2012; e-book, $3.99.             A series of stories involving Jake Thompson, aka Jan Tomasewski, More Tomasewski is great fun. Jake is good at catching crooks, bad at respecting authority. Which first got him exiled to the despised Administrative Investigations Unit (AIU) and eventually forced out of […]

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About “The Thrill is Gone”

Spring, 1970 I heard it the first time. It jumped from the car radio like a revelation: B. B.’s solo that kicks off “The Thrill Is Gone”. Man, that thing told the unvarnished truth without wasting a note. I bought the 45 that day. I played it till my stereo needle destroyed the grooves. The tune matched […]

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“Snowfall”

When the world was young (1968), my friend John Battle wrote the poem below. This winter has brought it to my mind more than once.   Snowfall Whether it fell softly In the cold, quiet Air of early evening, Or was carried helplessly along In an erratic path of glory By the awful winds of […]

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Mucho Shakin” @ Glenwood Art Fest

I’m uploading video of us doing the above tune at Glenwood Arts Fest. That afternoon was pretty joyous for us, a family affair: That’s me on guitar, my wife Dorothy on bass, our son Paul on drums, and our good friend Josh Davis on harp. A friend of ours caught this on his camera, and […]

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