Category Archives: Music

Let it Snow

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This is the video I made for Les’s song Let it Snow. Les and I recorded the song and I got the videos off YouTube.
I have embedded the YouTube video – it should load a lot faster. Here are the credits:

Les Whisler: Guitar, Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Dan Monk: Guitar, Background Vocals, Bass

Stand by Me

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me


First they came for the communists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me–  and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Martin Niemoeller
Protestant minister and concentration camp survivor

In Memoriam – Dan Federici


Dan Federici longtime keyboardist/accordian player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band passed away yesterday after a long battle with melanoma.

Danny (Phantom Dan) was a key part of the Jersey Shore sound that broke out of Asbury Park with Springsteen in the mid-70’s.  Federici had played in a number of bands with Bruce going back to the late 60’s.  Dan’s was a laid back style, keeping to his corner of the stage, yet weaving his organ sound around and through so many Springsteen classics.  His accordian work on songs like “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” epitomized the early Springsteen sound.  Other good examples of his work can be found on songs like “Kitty’s Back” and “Independence Day” and especially the coda for “Racing in the Street”

Springsteen and the band, currently on tour, have canceled this weekend’s shows.  The tour may resume later next week.

Given the volatile nature of rock bands and the rock and roll lifestyle, it’s notable that Federici is the first member of the 35 year old E Street Band to pass from the scene.

Us oldtime Springsteen fans will miss him.

contributed by Tom Ward