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joe pixI’m no musicologist.

The closest I came to learning an instrument was a few weeks of clarinet classes in the third grade and a few months of trumpet lessons after college. The only musical instrument I play now are my forefingers, which I pat on the side of the bed in the middle of night while listening to Pandora or the radio.

But while I didn’t earn a degree in music, I did create a lifetime appreciation of music. All types. From blues to jazz to classical to folk to soul, Motown to country (the older the better). I’ve even been known to take in everything from Sinatra to rap.

But the music that I have always enjoyed, that I always go back to, is classic rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s and 1970s. It’s the music I grew up with and can best relate to.

The other thing I always liked to do is write and tell real life stories. It’s why I pursued a newspaper career out of college in the early 1980s. And, of course, with the magic of the Internet, it’s what’s motivated me to start this blog.

— Joe Halpern

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