This Scottish Song Brings In New Years

by Kevin Burton    As December fades and January rushes in, one song is ubiquitous.    Every year without fail, time zone by time zone, it’s difficult to avoid “Auld Lang Syne.”  It’s the song of New Year’s Eve, nostalgia and old friends.     “Auld Lang Syne is an international anthem and one of Scotland’s …

Merry Birthday Or Something Like That

by Kevin Burton    What if your big day got overshadowed every year by the biggest day of all?    What if the season to be jolly also brought your birthday?    This is probably not just a problem for Christmas Day babies.  I would guess any birthday between about Dec. 22 and 27 or …

New Christmas Music By Alison Trelfa

by Kevin Burton    Just broke my rule against playing Christmas music before Dec. 1.    Well it’s not a hard and fast rule and I had good reason.  On this Christmas album I had a very small singing role.     Yesterday was the digital release day for Winter Warmer, the latest project from British …

Important Research On Cows Peeing

by Kevin Burton    Did you know cows can be potty trained?    It’s not April first, please keep reading.    This I would have never believed had I not heard it from the BBC. And I would have never read this had I not signed up for their newsletter.    By all means kids, …

Letters From Hamburg: Assessment

by Kevin Burton    Years ago there was a series of Skin Bracer after shave commercials where somebody slaps the actor in the face and the actor responds, “Thanks, I needed that.”    Remember those?    It was a bracing wake-up call and somehow was supposed to sell the product. They had celebrities such as …

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. …

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 …

Letters From Hamburg: Road Trip Feeling

by Kevin Burton    Some of my best memories are of road trips as a child, headed to track and wrestling meets. This was at the Ohio State School for the Blind.    Those trips were a lifting of the ordinary into something special. My friends were there. We were sewing life fragments into a …

Letters From Hamburg: Next Step, Studio

by Kevin Burton    Hamburg is a city in Germany about twice the size of Columbus, Ohio. Don’t know too much else about it.    Except that it was the proving ground that turned the Beatles from a pretty good club band to the best band of the rock and roll era.    Best band …