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James Rafferty
Southeast Massachusetts
I'm a marketing professional in telecommunications and like to travel. I also write fiction and play music.
Interests: music, travel, personal technology, writing, globalization, outdoor activities
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I discovered jazz starting around the summer of 1974, during a summer internship in Wisconsin. When I returned to college for my graduate year at RPI, I started looking for new jazz groups to listen to. In December 1974, I... Continue reading
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I recently returned from a unique trip to one of my favorite places, Asheville, North Carolina. Despite all of the obstacles, my wife Cindy and I took a road trip to get there and helped our oldest son Jason pack... Continue reading
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The sky is a pure blue, with bare hints of cirrus and streaks of white written by jet fuel as if viewed upon a global spectroscope. I sit at a picnic table by my hotel, beneath a canopy of twisted... Continue reading
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I tend to invest time in my writing all year 'round, but March through May offers added bonuses. Yes, it's the conference and workshop season! Boston has a premier writing conference called Muse and the Marketplace which takes place over... Continue reading
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The forecast didn't sound too bad. As I drove down from Massachusetts, the traffic moved well and my ride through Newport got me to an upper level parking area by 11:00. I scouted for a spot to view the Fort... Continue reading
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This past Friday, the buzz in the air was palpable as my wife and I entered the events center at the Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This was our first visit to the venue and parking have been... Continue reading
Last week I began to read the book, Joni Mitchell, The Anthology, authored and curated by writer Barney Hoskyns. It's a collection of reviews, conversations and interviews covering all of Joni Mitchell 40+ year musical career. It's a fine way... Continue reading
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Over this past weekend, I got re-acquainted with the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which is one of the premier bike trails on the east coast. My family first explored the trail in the Nineties, but it's changed a lot in... Continue reading
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This past week, I spent several days visiting Asheville, North Carolina. It's a great city for walking and I stayed in an apartment which wasn't too far from the downtown. I found myself taking long walks on most days, either... Continue reading
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Last evening. my wife Cindy and I went with friends to see a highly entertaining musical performance at the re-modeled Norwood Theater in Norwood, Massachusetts. The show was called The British Invasion Years and used a clever premise to transcend... Continue reading
The Vietnam War documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS offers 18 hours about one of the most traumatic periods in my lifetime. The program begins in 1945, as World War II was ending and the cold war... Continue reading
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This past weekend, my wife Cindy and I returned to the Cape Cod to celebrate our 28th anniversary. Our Cape history goes back to the early years of our marriage and it's always been a special place for us. Richard... Continue reading
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My first experience seeing jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding was at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2011, after she had won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. This year, she was booked as part of the jazz trio... Continue reading
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This year's excursion to the Newport Jazz Festival started with rain, but the skies eventually cleared and the great music of the day prevailed. The ride in was faster than usual, likely owing to the clouds overhead and a mixed... Continue reading
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The year before I went to college, a friend came back from his university with a new discovery -- a new group called the Allman Brothers Band. My friends and I loved the music, but it was beyond the capabilities... Continue reading
Hi Carol. I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Hope you like some of the other content as well.
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Hi Renae. Thanks for checking in. I loved the book and wanted to share those thoughts with others, particularly people who like to delve into creativity in its many forms as these two artists did.
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Last October, I browsed books in Malaprops, one of my favorite bookstores in Asheville, North Carolina and started to read Patti Smith's memoir of her early days living in New York City -- Just Kids. The words were riveting and... Continue reading
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The summons came in the late Fall around 2007. You're invited to breakfast. My wife Cindy and I had been asked to breakfast by our neighbor, Paddy Wazan. Paddy and her husband Hank lived in a unique house across the... Continue reading
Like many Americans, I viewed the election results last Tuesday night as they emerged and came to the realization that Donald Trump had a real shot at winning the election. All of the expert pontification about the narrow road to... Continue reading
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I came back to Asheville, North Carolina for a one week visit after several years away. In the time since my last visit in 2012, the city has continued to evolve. My son is active in the River Arts District,... Continue reading
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Last weekend, I drove down to Newport on a cloudy day. The traffic was unusually light and I arrived at Fort Adams State Park without much delay. Soon, I'd secured a spot by the main stage of the Newport Jazz... Continue reading
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This week my wife and I returned to an area we had enjoyed in the past -- Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire. Squam Lake is part of the state's Lakes Region, but not nearly as well known as Lake... Continue reading
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Every time I've gone to the Newport Jazz Festival, I've made some new discoveries. Earlier in the day, I got the last seat on a shuttle bus from the parking lot. As I smiled and took my seat, a friendly... Continue reading
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One of the aspects of the Newport Jazz Festival which really works well is the multiple stage concept. True, it often seems like two groups you've just got to see are playing at the same time, but you can always... Continue reading