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Jul 8, 2020

I wrote a song a long time ago, never really performed, a samba called “Choosing Lonely.” It was about feeling lonely, specifically lonely for love, but in my typically analytical mind-set, I framed it as a choice: It’s all in how you see it: Choosing/To be lonely/When you’re only alone/That’s a foolish game… That came […]

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Jul 7, 2020

As any visitor to Kyoto will soon notice, geisha are not just historical figures. With some luck, a visitor wandering in the city’s ancient Gion neighborhood may well catch a glimpse of one of these exotic, mysterious women as she moves quickly through the area’s narrow streets, on her way to work. But who are the geisha? What do they do? And in the 21st century, what is their role in society?

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Jul 6, 2020

Who hasn’t seen it and wanted it? For whom is such a vision not inspiring?  What is it about a house on a hill?  My whole life I’ve heard stories about men meeting particular women and telling a friend, “I just met the woman I’m going to marry.” Sometimes in life there is that certainty. […]

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Jul 3, 2020

There are many ways in which I am a typical American, and there are ways in which I am a hyper-American: My love of personal freedom is an example. Now, everyone loves their freedom in the abstract, or in concrete ways like freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom to own assault rifles… But besides […]

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Jul 2, 2020

It’s week 27 of 2020, which means that we’re starting the second half of music1967.com with Week 27: The Beatles, Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Monkees and The Who get the focus – along with big trouble in the British Empire. The Beatles saw the end of the first half of the year with a live(ish) […]

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Jun 23, 2020

I leave Sacramento on Thursday, nearly three months after my original departure date. My COVID-19 quarantine is coming to an end. COVID-19 is not coming to an end, it is actually worsening, especially here in Sacramento, all over California, and all over this country. I fear that, given the many who are taking NO precautions, […]

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Jun 18, 2020

Hi friends…  I take this blog too seriously, I always feel I should be saying something SIGNIFCANT, which is really not the idea of a blog, is it? I need to loosen up!  That partly explains my silence the last few weeks. But it’s been several things: I got to the end of the music1967.com […]

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Jun 18, 2020

Week 25 of music1967.com is now live! We’re almost half way through the year, and this week marks some major developments: Besides the incendiary sets by Jimi Hendrix and The Who during the last day of the Monterey International Pop Festival this week marks James Brown’s return to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where he […]

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Jun 12, 2020

Writing about 1967 during 2020 has been a remarkable experience in seeing how much things have changed in the last 53 years – and how much they haven’t. Week 24 of my week-by-week history of 1967 was a crucial one, for it brought the first two rock festivals (then still called “pop” festivals) in one […]

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Thank you for checking out my blog - it’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I am working on projects regarding music history, Japanese culture and my songwriting.

- A week-by-week music history website, music1967.com
- An upcoming book on Japanese culture, Japan from Anime to Zen
- A YouTube channel, featuring random songs and thoughts for the pandemic
- Original music on Spotify, with links to Patreon and Amazon 

David Watts Barton

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