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As usual time of the year, we close out Ear Bliss with our annual list of 2019 albums that hit the sweet spot in one way or the other. Whereas most all are out of the mainstream, to these ears the 13 albums here all had a little extra something special that had me returning again and again t…

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What inspires you?  It is an interesting question to investigate?  When we begin to understand the inspiring elements in our life, we begin to understand more clearly who we are, why we are here and perhaps a more defined feeling of inclusion and purpose arises.  With this movement towards c…

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About fifty years ago the Allman Brothers Band released their debut album.  It was not that well received, and their interest level took several years to mount.  When they released their live album from the Phillimore East three years later they truly skyrocketed in notoriety.  For music fan…

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Don’t let that calendar or wicked weather forecast keep you in the house because November is alive with lessons, meetings and reminders of how lucky we are to live where we do.

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The Lafayette Band of North Kingstown will perform its 12th annual Wickford Festival of Lights Concert at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in the First Baptist Church, 34 Main St., Wickford. Music Director Bethany Clarke Bromley will conduct a festive program of traditional and popular holiday m…

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Trinity Repertory’s newest version of “A Christmas Carol” is energetic, colorful, heartfelt and bold, but it represents a stunning changing of the guard. It has been happening bit by bit as new cast members are introduced with major roles and longtime stars have left the company or are releg…

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If the long-range forecasts—the ones from the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service, not the prognostications of the Woolly Bear caterpillars, whose relative amounts of black to brown seem to be calling for a bit colder weather than usual—are even close to correct, early to mid No…

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Gospel music is in the air with this week’s installment of Ear Bliss as we look at the two inaugural releases from the newly christened, Memphis-based Bible & Tire Recording Company.

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Prayer is a contemplative process used by many people the world around.  There are thousands of set prayers found in all of the spiritual elements, worship groups and religions of human culture.  Prayers are directed at God, gods or other objects of worship.  The definition of prayer is, “a …

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Start your engines! Here we go into the holiday season. The first one is many people’s fun favorite, Halloween. With bags or candy flying off the shelf and pumpkins being carved, homes decorated and a general air of scare running, kids and adults alike are excited. With the run into Thanksgi…

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I have confession to make: I was raised Jewish, I identify myself as Jewish on all official documents, and I delight in all things Jewish, from bagels and lox to minor-key music. That said, I also carry within me a kind of deep spiritual secret—in my heart of hearts, I’m something of a pagan.

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With documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ recent PBS television special called Country Music fresh on folks’ minds, and particularly with its frequent focus on the country sounds emanating from the West Coast of the U.S., the time is certainly prime for the release of a collection zeroing in on …

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Rich Heffernan smoothed his perfect gray mustache and surveyed the crowd. They were cold, hungry fishermen in fleece hats and sweatshirts, the salty uniforms of those who spent long nights in the surf. Rich was helping host the breakfast banquet of the 26th Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Ass…

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In recent years, music festivals have been popping up with greater frequency on the summer landscape. The beauty of them aside from the warm weather and kick-back attitude of attendees? It’s the smorgasbord angle to them with promoters typically offering up a stylistic variety of sounds and …

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Everybody take a deep breath and say thank you to the trees for the nice clean air. We are reminded at this lovely autumnal time of year of the trees around us, more by sight than anything else. The changing of the leaves from green to orange, yellow, red, purples and browns is a clear sign …

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“I came because I love to fish,” said Pat Green. Sitting in a stark white Cape Cod conference room with an impromptu bar on one side and a plate of smoked salmon on the other, she was happy to be out of the rain. Fall was delivering a third day of northeast wind of biblical proportions. Rain…

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Contemporary Theatre is once again living up to their name. The Wakefield company is staging a trimmed, non-traditional casted, version of what is, arguably, the most important play in the English-speaking theater; a work of poetry and power, the penultimate challenge for actors for more tha…

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Officially, the temperature on our venerable Taylor maximum-minimum thermometer never got below 38 degrees F. in the early morning hours of October 16th, and while there was no sign of silver when the sun rose at our address midway up the ridge, I had a sneaking suspicion that things were a …