My Wife’s Father, At Home In Heaven

by Kevin Burton    Herb Beauchamp stood up and gave his daughter away nine years ago on my wedding day.    He was a giver until the day he died. I am not the only one in his debt.    The day he died came this week not as a surprise, but as a shock …

Perez Was Vital Part Of Big Red Machine

By Kevin Burton    “How good are the Reds” was the question Sports illustrated famously asked on the cover of its 1976 World Series wrap-up edition.    Two more questions: how vital was Tony Perez to that team and how misguided was the trade that sent him to Montreal?    It’s Perez’s birthday today. He …

Beepball Showcases Abilities Of The Blind

by Kevin Burton    What some could see as just a game has enriched me as a person with low vision, in ways I could not have anticipated.     The sport is called beep baseball.  It has been played in the United States since the 1970s and is now played in Canada, Taiwan and the …

Letters From Hamburg: In The Studio

by Kevin Burton     I had been looking forward to and working toward last Friday, my consultation day in a local music studio.    So how did it go?    A reasonable question, but one without a firm answer at this point.  I was pleased with it. It was fun. The time absolutely flew past. …

Thoughts On Mothers And Mother’s Day

by Kevin Burton    “Your mother!” is the ultimate street putdown because your mother is your ultimate friend.     When it doesn’t work out that way for a person, that lack is felt and carried, maybe unexpressed or unacknowledged, but carried nonetheless.     If you have somehow overlooked it, today is Mother’s Day. It may …

Let’s Hear It For Geezer Beepball

By Kevin Burton    In a recent post about attempting to move forward in a Covidized world, I mentioned a project (“The Covid Question Still Looms Over All,” March 24).    I mentioned that some friends asked my wife and me to participate in a major collaborative effort, without giving details.    As of Tuesday …

Letters From Hamburg: Sophomore Studies

by Kevin Burton    Well here it is, go day for me, a musical milestone of sorts, at least I hope.     This is the day I get into a local studio for an assessment of sixteen of my original songs. Publishing this post is one of the final things I will do before heading …

Cinco De Mayo Started In My “Hometown”

By Kevin Burton    Do you know the story behind Cinco de Mayo?    No, it isn’t the Mexican national Independence Day.  That would be Sept. 16.     Cinco is the celebration of a famous battle an undermanned Mexican army won over invading French troops at Puebla, Mexico. Puebla is the city I lived in …

Young’s “Ohio” Is Ultimate Protest Song

by Kevin Burton    At Kent State University they say May 4 the way all Americans say Sept. 11, the date being the only reminder needed of an unspeakable tragedy    May 4 was the day in 1970 when Ohio National Guardsmen shot 13 Kent State students during a protest of the American invasion of …

A School For The Spiritually Blind

By Kevin Burton    If you are a regular Page 7 reader, you have heard me talk about my days at the Ohio State School for the Blind.    I didn’t want to be there at first, but grew to where I didn’t much want to be anywhere else.    Well I now think it …