All Posts by Thomas Burns

If you are a local songwriter, have set your own instruments on fire in the creative process (figuratively or otherwise), and have a song that you think deserves to be in someone’s (or everyone’s) permanent iTunes


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                    Some Songs Set Their Own Standards To describe a song as “cool” is not the same as describing it as “good”.  There are plenty of “good”


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Graham Webster at Mt. Horeb’s Fall Fest October 4, 2009 Early October is an unpredictable time of year in Wisconsin.  It seems the weather is either perfect, sunny and warm; or unpleasant, rainy and cold.  This


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The Shortest Distance From A Point To A Line Ask any songwriter and you will learn that most songs are not written the way they are ultimately performed.  Oftentimes the verses are constructed before the chorus,


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Navan Surprises at the Willy Street Fair 9/20/2009 I planned my trip to the Willy Street Fair around the scheduled performances of Josh Harty and Blake Thomas.  I’d never seen either of them live and three


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The Hang Loueys @ the Crossroads Coffee House in Cross Plains -September 11, 2009 I’ve never seen Dale Kidd happier as a performer than I did on Friday night at the Crossroads Coffee House in Cross


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Keeping it Real Song lyrics don’t have to be overly clever to grab my attention.  On the contrary, a song that tries too hard is often simply too much work to listen to.  Taylor Swift, for


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Sometimes It’s All in the Delivery When asked to comment on Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, Truman Capote said “That’s not writing at all.  That’s typing”.  It’s a deliciously nasty and succinctly poetic condemnation of the


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