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Together

“Hi, are you the John Paul McNeil that taught at Sanville Elementary  in the ’70’s?”  That was the message on FB I got not too long ago from Betty , one of my former students, now a mother, and grandmother. … Continue reading

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My Hallelujah

The day before Easter Sunday, I was cleaning the house, and found a small wooden cross I made when I was a kid, in Methodist Youth Fellowship.  I had a live music gathering that evening (called a “jam”), and we had a … Continue reading

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Blog Gone

Or rather shift.  More focused.  I am surprised I can spell the word.  Focus.  Focus on this story if you will. I taught 5th grade at a small rural elementary school in the hills of southern Virginia my first year … Continue reading

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Creative Music and Goofiness

Photo by Karine Thoresen, end of the evening. On Friday Sept 21, in the awesome Showcase Gallery, the Greensboro Creative Center held its first Best Of Original Open Mic.  Great performers, great attendance, great fun.  The House Band was set … Continue reading

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Making Music Videos

I am new to making music videos.  Like this still from “Come Home” I made recently.  It is a difficult, but satisfying and rewarding creative process.  It starts with a song.  Like “Come Home” that I wrote ten years ago … Continue reading

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Opening for Doc Watson, A Tribute.

                    “Doc and Merle Watson“                       Live, at The Cellar Door                             with  “Lazy River” I was in the group Lazy River.  It was the mid 70’s, in Washington, DC.  I played bass and sang harmony, joining Denny Robey, guitar player-singer songwriter  (who … Continue reading

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Song of Grace

“Anam Cara”.  In Gaelic, “Soul Friend”.  Yet even Anam Caras can experience conflict.  Conflict deep enough to split apart this musical group of four Soul Friends.  That is where we were a moon and a half ago.  Then we talked, we processed, … Continue reading

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Earth Year Poem Fest 3rd Poem

A song is poetry put to music.  So here is a song I wrote a few years ago, with an Earthy theme.  The River.  Is The River a literal or figurative River-Mother?  Yes. The River’s Daughter                 © John Paul McNeil  Fell … Continue reading

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