BSL – One Month In

Today is a mini-milestone. Partly, it's one of sadness as today marks the 49th anniversary the great Duane Allman's tragic passing. In another context, it's not even a mini pebble really, but today also marks exactly one month since the release of Beyond Silence and Light. And a whirlwind of a month it has been.…

Release Day!

I was sitting on the couch in my darkened living room last night, flipping back and forth between Monday Night Football and The Shining. As I laughed for what is an unnumbered time at the maniacally brilliant and comically dark exploits of Jack Nicholson's Jack Torrance, and simultaneously watching the Kansas City Chiefs' offense with…

Final Stretch…

Just a quick update today... A few necessary tweaks were made, and the second (and hopefully final) proof copy is on it's way to me. Once that looks good, Beyond Silence and Light will see the, um, light, of day. We're shooting for an official release date the week of 9/28/20, and possibly sooner if…

Cover Art Revealed!

Well, as of today, the manuscript and all the notes (foreword, acknowledgements, et. al.) for Beyond Silence and Light have been locked and submitted! Heeerreee weee gooo! The final formatting and production details are under way and the little music-less album will be unveiled to the world soon. Speaking of which, I'm excited to show…

New Book Coming!

Every so often, an interesting idea begets another. And more after that. The next thing I know, I have a head (and notebook) full of potential writing projects. Which one to start with? What to focus on? Should I write one, all, or none of them? Bands and artists grapple with similar things when creating…

A Little Pandemic Perspective

The enchanting Emmylou Harris and the late Gram Parsons once beautifully sang, among other things, about what some may have hoped for in a certain dark hour. While people today may not specifically wish for the vision and speed that the duo sang about in that particular tune in 1974, we are all hoping for…

Few details exist about first Joliet vs. Cubs game

The following is non-edited, curated content from an article I wrote for the Joliet Herald-News, published on 2/21/19 (print version 2/12/19.) ORIGINAL: https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/02/08/few-details-exist-about-first-joliet-vs-cubs-game/aqzgk92/ The year 1875 fell in the middle of a renewal period for America. The Reconstruction Era was in full swing, and the nation was rebuilding itself in a time of business, industry…

Joliet versus the Chicago White Sox — 108 years ago

The following is curated content from an article I wrote for the Joliet Herald-News, published on June 28, 2018.   ORIGINAL: http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/22/joliet-versus-the-chicago-white-sox-108-years-ago/aikfglm/ The Joliet Jolly-Ites played the Sox in 1910 at Dellwood Park By KEVIN TRUSTY June 28, 2018 Photo courtesy of Reno Caneva, author of the book “Dellwood Chronicles.”   Part one of our Locals…

Angry Attack: Cubs’ visit to Rivals Park in 1920 marred by stabbing

The following is non-edited, curated content from a story I wrote that appeared in the Joliet Herald-News on March 21, 2018.  ORIGINAL: https://www.theherald-news.com/2018/03/19/cubs-visit-to-rivals-park-in-1920-was-marred-by-stabbing/ajuc6wc/   Joliet was a happening place nearly a century ago. With burgeoning local businesses and a strong sense of civic pride, plus the bonus of being a just short train ride to…