Category Archives: Culture

Global culture: where it was, where it is now, where it is going. May cross over with Travel, Technology, Food and Wine, Music.

Thoughts on openness

I gave a talk at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh recently, alongside a young guitarist from Pakistan named Usman Riaz. It was an instrumental guitar performance, but still a TEDTalk with a great (and true) story behind it. The video of … Continue reading

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A memorable gig

At the end of November 2011, I played a concert in a synagogue in Wrocław, Poland, as part of the Wrocław Guitar Festival. What made this gig stand out was a convergence of things I love: travel, international culture, language, … Continue reading

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The romance of commercial air travel

Remembering the distant sound of a single engine airplane passing overhead when I was a little boy growing up in a small town in upstate New York. It was the sound of possibility, travel, adventure and the wider world. I … Continue reading

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The social side of touring

2010 was a year of catching up with people. I did a twelve-date tour of the northeast and upper midwest U.S. in September 2010. It was notable for more than just the normal travelling and performing that comes with a … Continue reading

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Blogging with My Phone

Monday, 24 May 2010 Technology is just amazing. I was born in the fifties when there were no mobile phones, personal computers or internet. I am now writing a blog post on an iPhone. How many things in life become … Continue reading

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