Caribbean Escape

  Tired of winter?  Want to escape to a tropical island somewhere, maybe in the Caribbean?  Let’s go…choose your favorite island and get on board Daydream Express. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat. Colors are mirrored on the surface of the Caribbean as a rosy sky prepares for sunrise. The sun needs no further encouragement…

Cash, Frankenheimer & Peck

I Walk the Line Before the movie Walk the Line about Johnny Cash’s life came along, there was a movie titled I Walk the Line featuring a sound track by Johnny Cash.  Filmed around Gainesville, Tennessee in the early 1970s, it starred Gregory Peck & Tuesday Weld. The late Bill Littleton, a longtime Nashville journalist…

Thanks for the Music

  Nothing makes me happier than seeing friends coming to my door with guitars in hand.  So much good music has been made in my humble living room through the years, the walls should resonate with the sounds.  This year, when a friend from far away came to visit, I wanted to move the music…

An Evening with Gray Bartlett & Friends

 The Mary Lib Saleh Library in Euless, Texas Presents with Jon Rutherford, Charlie Carey, & Mike Brown in a free concert  Thursday September 8, at 6:00 PM, Library Theater   Gray Bartlett is New Zealand’s biggest selling guitarist both on record and in concert.  He has performed alongside artists such as Tom Jones and Kenny…

The Test

THE TEST Written and Lived by Doug Lang  The drive from Reykjavik to Snussy, the summer home, takes about two hours, eastward over a mountain pass. That was the easy part, Disa assured me. First we had to stop to visit Disa´s father, Gudmundur, at his place outside Reykjavik. Aagot, his wife, was at work,…

Friends From Far Away

This story was originally written for “Highway of Legends, On The Road With The Kings And Queens of Country Music” a book by New Zealand author, Dianne Haworth, published by Harper-Collins in 2006.  I was asked to write about New Zealand’s country music legends Gray Bartlett, Brendan Dugan, and Jodi Vaughn who  became friends with a…

Happy Birthday Glen Campbell

Someone said that today is Glen Campbell’s birthday.  I was one of those Glen Campbell fans who:     bought all his records in the 60s…     sat rapt in front of the box when his TV show was on the air…     marveled at his guitar mastery…     felt a sense of pride that a…

The Hustle and Bustle of the Metroplex Shuffle

I live at the epicenter of a Metroplex, consisting of a conglomeration of Texas cities anchored by Dallas on the east and Fort Worth on the west. These two cities sit thirty miles apart on a mostly flat plain in North Central Texas.  Actually, “sit” is not a proper description, as all the cities that…

Spring’s Ancient Song Spring sings an ancient song, Southern breeze meets northern wind in clashes loud enough to wake dead trees and daffodils softening, the earth whispers to me. I answer with hoe, shovel, and hope Legacy of a thousand generations past. I am happy. I am grateful. Dorothy Hamm ©2013

A Poet, the Cornish Coast & an East Texas Farm Girl

All my life I have lived landlocked, 300 or more miles from the nearest salt water,  the gulf of Mexico.  I first read about the sea around Cornwall, England when I was 12 and discovered Daphne du Maurier, a mansion named Manderlay, and a book titled “Rebecca.”  My 7th grade teacher gave me a puzzled…