Aug 29, 2020

I have been so absorbed in life and work that I’ve been completely slack when it comes to all my online life:, social media, and yes, this blog. I’m going through the manuscript for Japan from Anime to Zen, and even that has been slowed by my life and homemaking work. I’ve been getting […]


Aug 14, 2020

I’ve been consumed with a current project and have been remiss in updating, but I’m starting playing catch up today! Here’s Week 31, two weeks behind, but we’ll get there! Now, back to work. Weeks 32 and 33 will appear soon, I promise!! Meanwhile, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards go free! A new Stones […]


Jul 29, 2020

I arrived Thursday night in Brooklyn, and nearly a week in, I already feel like a changed man. It’s not New York of course,  it’s the people I know, and the new people I’ve met, and old friends I’ve connected with. And some very interesting experiences. New York is a vortex, and it sucks me […]


Jul 24, 2020

I arrived late last night and hunkered down for some much-needed reconnecting, but this morning, after a typically fitful first-night-in-a-place sleep, I walked down the creaking steps into downtown Brooklyn. I wanted to get an early start, and at 630, I was sure I’d beat the heat. It was already warm, and certainly muggy, but […]


Jul 21, 2020

I met someone new the other day, but our meeting was instantly interrupted at that awkward moment when, in normal times, hands would have been extended, accepted and shaken, and the meeting would have been formalized. But these days, shaking hands has a whole different feel. I’ve done it, after a quick calculation, and before […]


Jul 20, 2020

I like to think I live an interesting life; sometimes less, sometimes more. But I never thought of my life through the movies until this past month of perhaps-excessive TV viewing. In the course of a deep dive into TV shows and films on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as YouTube, I found […]


Jul 18, 2020

As I prepare to leap out into the unknown – more on that in a minute – I have to deal with the fundamental fear: Death. We’re all dealing with that now, if we’re conscious: There is a beast abroad in the land, and it is killing people. That’s the fundamental awareness, isn’t it? A […]


Jul 16, 2020

I know, you’re positively GIDDY at the prospect of another week of arriving! You should be, this was an interesting one. The main event was The Newport Folk Festival, which ended on the first day of this week, Sunday, July 16. Newport was established in 1959, but it wasn’t until 1965, when Dylan famously […]


Jul 15, 2020

Week 28 of has been delayed, but let’s forget that and pretend that it’s a bonus post for this week, as Week 29 will appear tomorrow as usual. This week we leave the rippling wake of the Monterey Pop Festival to look at the burgeoning scene in Birmingham, in England’s industrial heartland. Here, artists […]

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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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