What Is Normal?

by SteveHulse on November 1, 2019 · 0 comments

This is an essay about us, mostly as professional folk… not a character analysis of any kind. All you who have held steady jobs most of your lives, all you who had families and raised children who became productive out in the world, I hold you to be far above “normal.” Life is challenging for […]


Last Cruise Of The Summer

by SteveHulse on October 3, 2019 · 1 comment

This short piece is for Joani Gohn, who is recovering from a surgery. Get well soon, Joani – we love you! B & Joani, with Willie and Waylon and the boys… I was inspired, after hearing about the big snow storm in Montana over the weekend, to take one last cruise on The Aimless, out […]

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The Record Deal

by SteveHulse on September 30, 2019 · 1 comment

The Record Deal The first time I heard about a “record deal” was in Boston in 1965. A guy named Gene, from Philly, was putting together a latin band with Berklee students, of which I was one. Gene was a big guy with a nasally voice, and a Philadelphia accent. Don’t ask me what that […]

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A Brief History of the Man Cave

by SteveHulse on September 23, 2019 · 0 comments

Is there a history of “the man cave?” Probably not, so let’s try to write one. We’ll make one up, okay? Because everyone knows about man caves, what they are… but dare we ask why they are? Sure! The man cave can be a most necessary item, depending, of course, upon the man, and his […]


The Doobie Brothers

by SteveHulse on September 8, 2019 · 0 comments

Oh, Oooh, Listen To The Music Once again, sitting up the other night watching AXS TV, a special about the Doobie Brothers. And once again, memories of my musical past shot to the surface, making me smile, blurring my eyes. I knew only one small slice of the Doobies, but man, what a slice it […]


Cocktail Hour

by SteveHulse on September 2, 2019 · 1 comment

A curious phenomenon takes place in our little home, on our little island almost every afternoon. A phenomenon that might be defined as some sort of creeping dementia, or perhaps just a mental and emotional instability that manifests itself as a momentary, burning desire to slip back into the past, to temporarily recreate a better […]

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Passion: To Have Or Have Not

by SteveHulse on August 27, 2019 · 3 comments

Passion: What is it? Why is it? Why do some people have it, and some simply don’t? What’s the deal with passion, anyway? Why is it so elusive for some, and so motivating and inspirational for others? Passion, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, […]


You Just Never Know

by SteveHulse on August 12, 2019 · 1 comment

Life Is That Strange It was a cold winter’s evening in a small town in the Rockies. The year was 1959, and television was still fairly new to this small community. But in a tiny, two-room apartment in the back of Hickey’s Motel in Ennis, Montana, a 15 year-old boy was sitting on the floor […]

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The Sound And The Fury

by SteveHulse on August 7, 2019 · 0 comments

Back out on the North Sound on my trusty Aimless. It’s quiet, peaceful, as if everything else in the rest of this mad, mad world isn’t really happening. Blue sky, puffy white clouds, very slight breeze, water a deep blue with barely a riffle. The Olympic Mountains and Peninsula behind me, the beautiful Cascades and […]


A Sweet Slice Of Life

by SteveHulse on August 1, 2019 · 1 comment

  Doppler So many strange and wonderful things happened to me in my 35-year career, that I have to pick and choose carefully, with thought as to what would interest other people, what could I share that might give them a new insight on the music biz, or the career of a composer, or jazz […]

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