Saturday, November 13, 2010

Inner Light videos from 1976

In October 1976 I recorded a video with my band, Inner Light. I bought the tape for $25 from the agency in 1977 and have not seen it until today. Special thanks to David Crosswait and his capable staff at DC Video for rescuing the 1" open-reel tape from the ravages of age and technological obsolescence. Thanks also to Jeff Haas of Deep Freeze Videos for referring me to David.

A Man and a Woman + Intro

Have You Ever Been Mellow

Rock & Roll Music

Say You Love Me

We've Only Just Begun

More More More

Whole Lotta Shakin'

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 and my ancestry

With Hurricane Earl threatening the East Coast, it brought to mind the odd turns of fate in my own ancestry. My ancestor William (spelled "Reade" in the ship's manifest) left England with his family in July 1635 and arrived in Boston in October on the ship Defence. That was the year of the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635, which hit the Boston area in August. So if the ship had left only a few weeks earlier, I would not be typing this message.

From Wikipedia ( "[T]his hurricane was very likely the most intense hurricane to ever impact the New England region in recorded history."

From Ken Gunn's Jasper Ship Defence Manifest (

A study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement in Massachusetts.
By Charles Edward Banks
Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., 1961.
Pages 167-170.
The Ship DEFENCE of London, Edward Bostock, Master. She sailed from London about the last of July (1635) and arrived at Boston October 8, with about one hundred passengers.


William Reade, 48, Boston
Mrs. Mabel Reade, 30
George Reade, 6
Ralph Reade, 5
Justus Reade, 1 1/2

I am descended from Ralph, the 6 year-old.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Looking back

On this day in 1968 I married my high school sweetheart.
Our marriage lasted 26 years and produced a daughter and a son.
We divorced in 1994.

Whenever this date comes around,
I'm not sure how to feel.

I used to feel sad,
but now I don't feel much of anything.

I am glad I stayed for the sake of my children.
They were worth it.

In 1995 I married Nancy,
who showed me what it is like to be truly loved.

We moved to Nashville in 1998
so we could start a new life together
free from the entanglements of my former life.
She died of leukemia in 2003.

At age 57 I was ready to be loved again,
and so I found Suzanne.

And we have lived happily ever after.