Peter Frampton tickets are on sale now

Yeah, Peter Frampton tickets. Not concert tickets. Those days might be over. Tomorrow never knows or something like that.

The tickets I’m writing about are for the virtual event Booksoup will host Oct. 20. Frampton will talk about his new memoir, “Do You Feel Like I Do?”, and film director Cameron Crowe will join him.

Oct. 20 is a Tuesday, also known as Pub Day in the book industry.

Admission includes a copy of the book, a signed bookplate, a guitar pick and a poster.

I bought my ticket on Friday, Oct. 2, and paid $40, which doesn’t include tax.

I’m not going to Booksoup. I may never have a chance to go there. It’s on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif.

Like I said, the event is virtual, so I know where I’ll be sitting. On our couch. In our home. In Gulfport, Miss.

Write corona song parodies to fight stay-at-home boredom

I suppose with all this extra time during the coronavirus stay-at-home quarantine, I need to be reading more books and writing more often about books.

I’ve failed. I have been writing. Silly stuff, though. Maybe it’s funny. It’s up to you.

Actually rewriting. Taking classic songs and adding COVID-19 keywords to make them part of the lyrics.

It eases my anxiety about the disease.

I do this on my Facebook posts and I will share eight of them right here.

March 24, 2020


March 26, 2020

Above: Empty parking spaces at Crossroads Shopping Center

March 28, 2020

I wonder if Elton John and Kiki Dee will reteam Sunday to debut their new coronavirus grocery shopping song “Don’t Go Taking My Cart.”


March 31, 2020

Simon and Garfunkel are redoing one of their classics for the coronavirus. It starts like this: Homebound, I wish I wasn’t. Unable to leave my house for a tour of one-night stands. Every stop was neatly planned and I had my suitcase in my hand. Now only silence before me.


April 1, 2020

Livin’ on Quarantine time
Livin’ on Quarantine time
Gonna set my watch to it
‘Cause you know I’ve never been through it
Livin’ on Quarantine time


April 4, 2020

He’s a real COVID man
Sitting in his COVID land
Making all his COVID plans
He’s a bit like you and me
COVID man please listen
The world is at your command


April 4, 2020

Tell me that you’ve got everything you want
And your Birx can sing
But you don’t get me
You don’t get me
You say you’ve seen the seven wonders
And your Birx is green
But you can’t see me
You can’t see me
When your prized possessions
Start to weigh you down
Look in my direction
I’ll be round, I’ll be round
When your Birx is broken
Will it bring you down?
You may be awoken
I’ll be round, I’ll be round
You tell me that you’ve heard every sound there is
And your Birx can swing


April 7, 2020

Well the quarantine’s got me down
I can’t get out of town
One thing I can do
And you can too
I’m going back to
Boozin’, boozin’ boozin’


The songs referenced:

“Love The One You’re With,” Stephen Stills


“Crossroads,” Cream


“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John and Kiki Dee


“Homeward Bound,” Simon and Garfunkel


“Tulsa Time,” Don Williams



“Nowhere Man,” The Beatles


“And Your Bird Can Sing,” The Beatles



“Houston,” Dean Martin

Songs heard on a soothing Saturday night in the bookstore

I enjoyed leafing through the new James McBride novel “Deacon King Kong,” the 2016 Rachel Cusk novel “Transit” and the latest issue of the Paris Review while I was at the bookstore in Gulfport on Saturday night, 3-7-20, but what really caught my attention was the recorded music the store was playing on its overhead sound system.

I had to resort to the Shazam app on my iPhone to ID the artists when I was in the store and then at home on Sunday afternoon I went to YouTube to come up with a playlist of the songs I heard.

I’ve listed the songs in the order I heard and identified them.

“To Go Home,” M. Ward


“Amie,” Counting Crows


“Two of Us,” Aimee Mann and Michael Penn


“T-Bone Shuffle,” T-Bone Walker


“Every Night,” Jason Collett


“Sunday Morning,” Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs


“See See Baby,” Freddy King


“Rhiannon,” Best Coast


“Touch of Grey,” The War On Drugs


“Moon River,” The Innocence Mission

Most of the songs have something in common and all soothe the soul.

Can you guess what most of the songs have in common? I welcome your answers.

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