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Rosanne Cash and Blue Lights 

I’ve been a fan of Rosanne Cash’s since hearing her 1981 smash single “Seven Year Ache” and buying the album of the same name. I’ve seen her live a few times: at WNYC’s the Greene Space, singing songs her father, Johnny Cash, recommended to her as classics, from her album The List (2009); at Carnegie Hall performing songs from The River & the Thread, an artful odyssey (listen to “A Feather’s Not a Bird” and “Modern Blue”), which won several Grammys, including best Americana album, in 2015; and at an event

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Journey to Uvalde: A Photo Essay 

A while ago, I was invited to sing my song “Alithia’s Flowers (Children of Uvalde)” at an event in Uvalde, Texas, for the one-year anniversary of the school shooting there, which took 21 lives, mostly children. I had written and released the song soon after that incident, which took place on May 24, 2022. And since that time I've been in touch with the parents of Alithia Ramirez, the 10-year-old victim whose drawing inspired my song (they kindly let me use it for the cover art).

My husband and favorite…

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Sultry as Jessica Rabbit: Amy Irving Sings 

I’ve always found Amy Irving compelling as an actor, something about the combination of beauty, delicacy, and intelligence. She was Richard Dreyfuss’s enticing rival in The Competition, Peter Riegert’s literary uptown girl in Crossing Delancey, and Barbra Streisand’s consummate (if unconsummated) beard in Yentl, among other roles.

At the age of 69, Irving has now teamed up with the big band Goolis to do something new—an album, Born in a Trunk (her father was a director and her mother an actor)—that reflects…

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Guest Blogger Reveals New Song & Interview 

Here's a preview of an upcoming post (Wednesday) from the blog of Robert Rosen, my husband the writer (because it's about my new song and more!):

On Billie Holiday's Birthday

April 7 was Billie Holiday's 108th birthday, and Mary Lyn Maiscott and I celebrated by tuning in to St. James Infirmary, Michael J. Mand's show on OWWR. In his three-hour webcast, which begins 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Fridays, Michael plays an eclectic selection of rock, jazz, and blues—old classics as well as new material from unknown…

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“God,” “St. James,” and Me 

As I’m listening to Michael J. Mand’s St. James Infirmary show on OWWR, I’m thinking of last week when he played my cover of “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” right after Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-winning “Just Like That” and John Lennon’s “God”—love the segues! This set starts about 45 minutes in, with my song about 9 minutes later.

Michael chooses his songs very carefully, and a couple that I especially like on this podcast, besides the two I’ve mentioned, are “I Wish It Would Rain,” another cover, this one from…

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Song of the Year: “Alithia's Flowers (Children of Uvalde)” 

Here is a first for me: My song “Alithia’s Flowers (Children of Uvalde)”was named Song of the Year by OWWR (Old Westbury, Long Island) host Michael J Mand. Michael has played the song (as well as my rock song “Left It on the Stage”) a couple of times on his terrific show, St. James Infirmary. As that name suggests, he seems especially fond of the blues, but he always puts together an eclectic blend of recordings. For his last broadcast of the year, he does an awards show that focuses on albums, with such…

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New Lyric Video: "Blue Lights" 

For the 15th anniversary of my album, "Blue Lights," I've just released the new lyric video for its title song, "starring" my parents, Edgar and Floy Lyn Maiscott, and inspired by their wartime romance and marriage.

Christine Haire created the video for me, using old photos of my parents, a few of which my mother had taken, developing them in their darkroom. My sister, Cecilia Maiscott Pectol, gathered most of the photos as well as a few of their letters from that time.

When I was little, my mother told me…

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Benatar & Simon: My Village Voice Article & More 

In my last post I wrote about Carly Simon and her sisters, who, very sadly, had both died (within a day of each other) in October. I’d been reading Simon’s memoir Boys in the Trees—as well as doing other research on her life and music—at that time. I’ve since written a piece for The Village Voice about Simon and Pat Benatar, the two 2022 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Performer category, who were born in New York City. (I also read Benatar’s memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock PIace.) I hope…

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The Sisters Simon 

Lately, pursuing a writing idea, I’ve been immersed in Carly Simon—her stimulating, almost fantastical childhood in NYC (the Village and then Riverdale) and Stamford, Connecticut; her transitions from stuttering child to folk singer, in a duo with her sister Lucy, to pop-rock sensation; her consuming love for James Taylor (they divorced in 1981); her life in an ever-expanding eccentric house on Martha’s Vineyard; and of course her music. 

Carly’s two sisters play large parts in her entrancing memoir, Boys

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Nellie McKay Graces the Blue Note 

I met the singer/songwriter/actor/activist Nellie McKay in 2009, after I interviewed her for Vanity Fair. Since then I've seen her versatility in action many times, as when she performed Doris Day songs at the swank Feinstein's (now closed), 60s songs at the supper club 54 Below, and more recently a combination of standards and originals at the Blue Note, which happens to be in my neighborhood. The Blue Note show, on July 31, was the first of three Sunday engagements (two brunch shows each day), and there's…

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