May 28, 2020

OK, yes, I’ve been a non-blogger: We’re on our fourth day of 100+ degrees and the attic is toasty. More importantly, I am drawing to a close of an epic project, this week on the writing of the last four weeks of When it is all finished, this project will be well over 100,000 […]


May 22, 2020

I used to be surprised when people would say, in casual conversation, how fast life, or the year, was going by. Kids growing up, sure. But years going by? No. Not for me. It is not unusual for me to stop at this point in the year and WONDER at the fact that January seemed […]


May 21, 2020

Week 21 of takes us back to Los Angeles, center of the U.S. recording industry, where a remarkable diversity of acts hold sway. Frank Zapps’s Mothers of Invention finally release their second album, Absolutely Free this week, while Zappa’s buddies in The Monkees finally get their third out. Headquarters is the attempt to be […]


May 18, 2020

There’s so much going on right now, the world is in crisis, so much is in flux, so much depends on the decisions made by so many, the future is so uncertain. We literally don’t know what the world will look like in a month, let alone six months, let alone a year. It’s overwhelming. […]


May 16, 2020

A friend just asked me where I’m going next. Boy, that really did it.  I’ve been answering that question for the last six years now, and the answer has always been fun – for me to say, and for my friends to hear: “Kyoto!” “Berlin!” “Bologna!” Or even better, “Kyoto, then Berlin, then Bologna!”  My […]


May 14, 2020

We’re already at week 20 of 2020, which means it’s time to post another week of my ongoing music history project,! Week 20 of 1967 explores what Bob Dylan and his band The Hawks were doing during the spring and summer of 1967. Dylan had been in a motorcycle accident the prior summer, and […]


May 13, 2020

I was supposed to be landing in Barcelona today. Then I was supposed to be heading back to do another 500 mile walk through Spain. Then I was supposed to be in Italy, seeing loved ones. Then I was supposed to be with a friend in a summer house on the Black Sea, outside of […]


May 10, 2020

Little Richard. That’s a big one. It doesn’t affect me as much as the deaths of others would, but I wanted to say something anyway, because he affected people who affected me a LOT. So, here’s My Little Richard tribute, in five covers: The first, of course, was The Beatles. Paul McCartney could match Little […]


May 8, 2020

Do you have something like this, a project of some sort, that you’ve not completed, that you’ve worked on in fits and starts, that you think is crazy interesting one day, and then wonder why anyone in the world would care the next? I do…

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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,
- 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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