The Song Journal

Miscellaneous news and writing by Bob Franke, mostly about songs as a portable art form, and the process of creating them and enabling them to do their work in the world.

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from Bob Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since made New England his home. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England.

Monday, July 03, 2006

My pre-dinner with Chuck

My pal Chuck Hall used to make his living as a DJ at WUMB-FM in Boston; the other day he, as he puts it, dusted off his radio chops and invited me over for recorded conversation to be distributed over the web as a podcast. Maybe it was because Chuck and I have known each other for so long, maybe it was because of his radio chops and the thoughtful questions he asked, but the time flew by, so much of it that he's decided to release the conversation in two segments. Part one is up on the web as I type this. If you've ever wanted to get to know me better, or to be a fly on the wall as folksingers talk about personal history, go to and click on the "podcast" button. With any luck, a nifty little flash player will come up and you'll have the opportunity to listen in. It ain't being on 60 Minutes with Barbara Walters, but I think Chuck did a better job with me than she would have done. It's nice to live in a world where I don't have to wait for Barbara's call to tell my story. Happy Independence Day to all.


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