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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Location: Peabody, Massachusetts, United States

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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Joan's cancer walk

Our neighbor Mike, a 39 year old man who adored his wife and twin infant girls, died of a heart attack last night. We visited his widow as she was surrounded by her family. Hard to know what to do when there's nothing you can do, but we showed up, expressed our sorrow and our willingness to be of support if needed.
Joan also signed up for a walk in support of cancer research, as part of a team from her temple, Temple Ner Tamid of Peabody. If you'd like to support her efforts, you're welcome to use this widget. Nothing much you can do in the face of death but pray, live each moment with awareness, and love 'till you've loved it away.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

May 9 streaming concert w/ Buddy Mondlock

I got a call recently from Don Porterfield, bass player, musician, impresario and now radio producer, who hired me a while back to do a split evening with Buddy Mondlock at the Sautee-Nacoochee arts center in the beautiful hills of north Georgia. It turns out that Georgia Public Radio will be streaming the concert--which from my perspective, was extremely enjoyable--on May 9 from 8-10 pm EDT at . I myself will be hopefully having another enjoyable, if less collegial, evening in Orange, CA at St. Matt's After Dark, 1111 Town and Country Road. But if you can't make it to Orange, tune in your computer to the sound of two respectful singer-songwriters enjoying and playing off of one another.