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Street Music


Perhaps you were there too.  Listen ...  Can you hear it? Finger snap. doo-wop, night time city sounds. Bathed in the muted orange night street glow that mingles with the moon. Sidewalks…


Added by Chicago Guy on May 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

A Community Song

Under the soaring sunlit exposed brick heights of The Industrial Ballroom in Chicago, the room packed with neighbors.


If you listen hard, you can still hear the clink, clank dusty memories of when they manufactured product, when they made things for the world in this room and all the old factory buildings along the train tracks of Ravenswood…


Added by Chicago Guy on May 3, 2013 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

Richie Havens Strength of Song

Richie Havens went on first.

Other acts were stuck in traffic. Some balked at leading off. So by the time they all got to Woodstock, Richie Havens was up there singing about freedom.

 Isn’t it amazing that you can say “Woodstock’ and every single person  who reads the word, knows what you mean? Richie Havens opened the show in upstate…


Added by Chicago Guy on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

Watching Over Boston

It’s Boston. Of course they’re here.

Right over there. In the spring breeze sun. At a table with a view. Spencer with a dark beer, Susan drinking something pink and of course Hawk has champagne. Robert B. Parker’s characters. If you close your eyes you can see them. Spencer like a hulking tree trunk. Hawk dressed impeccably, drawing eyes from women who…


Added by Chicago Guy on April 17, 2013 at 4:45am — 7 Comments

A Family Is Still Here

Returned to the sea by Hurricane Sandy, the house where this video was filmed is gone. But the family, spread out across wild oceans and sprawling continents, is still here. Circling the globe from Wales to Northern California. Still connected. Across any given border of time, distance or trial. Much of Mantoloking New Jersey has been returned to the sea. But the…


Added by Chicago Guy on April 14, 2013 at 10:27am — 6 Comments

Roger Ebert's Eyes

Spring is coming. Roger Ebert can’t have died.


The news filtered out on a clear and astonishingly quiet afternoon in April.

“Ebert died.”



“I don’t believe it.”

Every computer screen across the city sizzles white cold and empty. How do you say anything when Roger Ebert dies? The spring air chills. You…


Added by Chicago Guy on April 4, 2013 at 3:43pm — 6 Comments

One Radical Easter Morning

As the laughing young couple paused in front of my house while their dog, straight out of Paris Hilton’s purse, made a tiny little dog poo on our scraggly grass city lawn; the last thing I was thinking was turn the other cheek..


Watching them through the large picture window in our living room; I waited for the part where they would pull…


Added by Chicago Guy on March 30, 2013 at 10:38am — 7 Comments

Bach's Birthday & Hands from Different Stars




Imagine the hands reaching into that spacecraft and pulling out Bach’s music.


When the two Voyager Spaceships launched in 1977, bound for unfathomably distant, unknown stars, there was more music by Bach tucked inside, than by anybody else. They chose Bach to tell the universe who we were. To tell the universe we here…


Added by Chicago Guy on March 21, 2013 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

For No One

"Because if I end the story, I will fade to black. So make your own damn ending. I don’t remember. Yeah. That’s it. I don’t remember how it ended.”

The old man whispering a rumbling stream of words in a voice like thunder that had forgotten how to roar. The inside of the neighborhood tavern holding smoke and memories. A bartender hovered in the…


Added by Chicago Guy on March 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

The Keka Collection--A Book WELCOMES You

Open up “The Keka Collection” to any page and instantaneously you’ll know that you’re in the hands of a master writer. The reason is that no matter what she’s writing about, she lets you see it too. It’s all in glorious color, sound, taste, smell and touch.

Mostly sound. There is a musical…


Added by Chicago Guy on March 15, 2013 at 10:46am — 8 Comments

Dawn Clark Netsch Dies

Dawn Clark Netsch, the tiny, whip smart, political force of kindness and simply doing good across the political landscape of Illinois for six decades, died this morning from complications of ALS. She was 86.


And as news…


Added by Chicago Guy on March 5, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Willie B For Pope

My pal Willie B should be the next Pope. He’d be great.


Does anyone know the email for The Vatican Human Resources Department? I want to send in an application for Willie B.



Added by Chicago Guy on March 3, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

"Hypnotized" (Best Stuff OC)

You begin your journey to past lives in the waiting room of a dentist’s office.


At least that’s what it looks like. Vinyl…


Added by Chicago Guy on March 1, 2013 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

George Harrison at 70 & 170

Inspired by Chicago radio legend Terri Hemmert . . .

 One hundred years from right now, on the 170th anniversary of George Harrison’s birth, a circle of tiny kids sitting on the floor of a classroom will be led by a smiling Second Grade Teacher in singing,




Added by Chicago Guy on February 24, 2013 at 12:10pm — 12 Comments





A cloudy and cold community shudder ripples through the street corner spirits, the beauty shops, basements, diners and donut shops of Chicago.


Jesse Jackson Jr. Guilty.…


Added by Chicago Guy on February 22, 2013 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments


Yes I know it’s a tad obsessive. Checking amazon every oh. . .lets just say “a lot.” But at 6:00 this morning, my new book, “Finding Work When There Are No Jobs,” that book where I thank all the people of OUR SALON, was priced at $14.99. And when I checked at, well. . .a little later, it was listed at $11.34.And there were only…


Added by Chicago Guy on February 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Michelle Obama's Covered Hot Dish

Between the moment she decided to come home to Chicago for her neighbor’s funeral, and the moment she walked in the side door of the giant church, I can almost guarantee you that Michelle Robinson Obama had the thought flash through her head, “I wish I could bring a covered hot dish.”…


Added by Chicago Guy on February 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 26 Comments

Blackfire: The Books of Bairnmoor

When the movie deal is signed for BLACKFIRE: The Books of Bairnmoor Volume One, selecting the right art director will be key. Because the journey portrayed by the band of children in this story comes across in a dazzling artist’s palette of color.




Added by Chicago Guy on February 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Saving the NEWS!


“News operations go dark every day, Roger. Of course I know about the Center Square Journal. So what?”


Lester 'The Lip’ Lapczynski never bothered with ‘Hello.’ Holding court in his booth at the S&G on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago on a…


Added by Chicago Guy on February 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Gunshots In The Rain: Hadiya Pendleton's Story

Just before the rain and the  gunshots on a Tuesday afternoon . . .

The temperature hits 60 in January, in Chicago and if you’re 15 years old, like she was, that summer day in winter is a gift. A…


Added by Chicago Guy on January 30, 2013 at 10:30am — 20 Comments


100 Minutes

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Jack Fruit Breakthrough

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Where To Now?

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Thanks, Lorianne

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Twenty-Three Minutes

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