April 5th is a very special day to lots of people, 1980 – 2020 . . .

(this part written late on 4/4/20): April 5, 2020, 40 years since R.E.M. played their first show--  no band name yet, hadn't decided yet, at Kathleen O'Brien's birthday party at the old St Mary's church in Athens GA on Oconee Street on the way down the hill toward the river. I wasn't there-- even then … Continue reading April 5th is a very special day to lots of people, 1980 – 2020 . . .

Remembering Bill Rieflin, 1960-2020

Sad news on Tuesday in Seattle, Athens and around the world wherever anyone was lucky enough to know Bill Rieflin. I adored him as an extraordinary musician, a complete gentleman and a gentle soul. And a true friend to his fellow travelers. Bill was a lifer, an accomplished musician known for his work with Ministry, … Continue reading Remembering Bill Rieflin, 1960-2020

November 10, 2019– Dedication of Cobbham Triangle Park

Today is a big day for the Cobbham neighborhood:  the Cobbham Triangle Park is being dedicated after a couple of years of intensive planning and work to make something pretty special out of an oft-overlooked small piece of land in our midst. It was worth the trouble, believe me. A quick search only led me … Continue reading November 10, 2019– Dedication of Cobbham Triangle Park

AthHalf reflections from 3 years ago trying to motivate myself for the one just 13 days away (written October 2016)

Yesterday was the seventh annual AthHalf, the signature event of AthFest Educates, the local charity that infuses our schools with enhanced arts and music opportunities for Athens schoolchildren.  And major kudos to Jill Helme and her whole team at AthFest Educates for the work they do all year, not just in June and October AthHalf … Continue reading AthHalf reflections from 3 years ago trying to motivate myself for the one just 13 days away (written October 2016)

Batman, Revolution, Kiss Me/Kill Me, Drive B-side, Sen Pat Leahy, Mayor Chuck Searcy etc

Thanks to Chuck Searcy, the mayor of Hanoi, there's a significant Batman anniversary coming up soon, which reminded me of this little ditty from years ago: https://berto.fyi/2HqsktJ Can't remember the exact story but I think it was a song that probably not gonna make Automatic or Monster, and Batman the movie was looking for songs. … Continue reading Batman, Revolution, Kiss Me/Kill Me, Drive B-side, Sen Pat Leahy, Mayor Chuck Searcy etc

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