Welcome! This is my online home, where I connect the different things I do into one place. Here you will find my journalism, past and present – especially my forthcoming book, Japan from Anime to Zen – as well as future projects. You’ll also find my daily blog, my frequent YouTube posts, my music history website music1967.com, and my own songs in various forms.

My life is similarly distributed: In normal times I move from Northern California to New York, from Bologna to Berlin, and from Kyoto to parts unknown, making friends, pursuing assignments and seeking inspiration. I’m all over the Web, heading down various virtual byways, but davidwattsbarton.com is where all roads meet.


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Current Location:
An attic in Sacramento

Planned Travel Dates:
Until shelter in place is done

Current Obsession:
Intermittent fasting

Current Reads:
The Body by Bill Bryson

Come with me while I explore the world, my interests, my community and my thoughts on life as I navigate all of them. When I focus, it will be on music, Japan, travel and human relationships. Every day will be different, just as every day is. 

Blog

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music1967.com is my week-by-week history of music’s crucial year. No year before or since has made such waves in popular culture, ripples of which we still feel today, in music, in the arts, in culture and in history. Each week focuses on people and events important during that week. A new week posted every Wednesday.

MUSIC1967

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YouTube is where I loosen up and just talk about what’s on my mind, from wherever I may be. I will be playing my music, talking about others’ music, talking with people I want you to hear from, and showing you around my inner and outer life. It’s all up for grabs now! 

YOUTUBE

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I write songs and sing them on occasion. My first album, Straight, is up for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and YouTube. You can get to all of it through this portal. You can also find out when and where I’m playing, and see what will be coming down the wire. 

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I’ve been a working journalist since I was 16. This page dives deep into my work in newspapers and magazine, on radio, on line and on video. It’s part portfolio and part current projects: My first book, Japan From Anime to Zen, will be published by Stone Bridge Press in January 2021.

Journalism

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I’ve been writing content for a website in Japan for the last five years, and in January, 2021, my first book on the subject will be published: Japan From Anime to Zen is a solid, easy-to-read introduction to Japanese culture, art, history, food and more! The book will be published by Berkeley publisher Stone Bridge Press, and if you would like to pre-order it on Amazon, I would be delighted!

JAPAN FROM ANIME TO ZEN

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My first love is music, and my first journalism job, at 16, was writing about music for a free weekly. I eventually became a music critic at The Sacramento Bee and have reviewed hundreds of shows and albums, and interviewed heroes from Patti Smith to Paul McCartney to James Brown – all of whom play a role in my latest and biggest music writing project, music1967.com. A week-by-week history of music’s crucial year, this website is chock-full of facts and insights that any music nerd will love. 

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Award-winning journalist David Watts Barton has been a writer, editor and radio talk show host for more than 30 years. He began his career as a pop music critic, columnist and feature writer for The Sacramento Bee and the McClatchy Company’s wire service before moving on to become Editor-in-Chief of online upstart sacramentopress.com, a legal correspondent for Bloomberg and host of the daily live interview show, Insight, on Northern California’s NPR-affiliate Capital Public Radio. He has also appeared as a guest on numerous radio stations and on various podcasts..

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Award-winning journalist David Watts Barton has been a writer, editor and radio talk show host for more than 30 years. He began his career as a pop music critic, columnist and feature writer for The Sacramento Bee and the McClatchy Company’s wire service before moving on to become Editor-in-Chief of online upstart sacramentopress.com, a legal correspondent for Bloomberg and host of the daily live interview show, Insight, on Northern California’s NPR-affiliate Capital Public Radio. He has also appeared as a guest on numerous radio stations and on various podcasts..

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