Music'al Notes

    Crazy Horse

    “C’est mon mari!” yelled Arianne as we rushed into the…

    Dating

    Leslie. “I’m breaking up with you. I have never been…

    Muggings

    It was the jostling that alerted me. I looked down…

    My First Visit to China

    [This article was first edited by Art Dudley and published…

    Budapest

    I was sitting on a bidet in Budapest, thinking of…

    Party

    “This is S.I. Newhouse’s personal secretary, I would like to…

    The Jewish Cemetery

    The Jewish cemetery in Shettleston, Glasgow is a miserable place.…

    Napa

    “Hi Dad. How would you like to be my sous…

    Moscow

    “Please list every single foreign trip you have taken.” This…

    Esther

    She looked so summery, that I had to talk to…

    Cuba

    The colorful buildings in the narrow streets of Old Havana…

    Cultural Differences

    France. When my kids were small, we rented a house…

    Taxi

    The four of us shuffled into the doctor’s office. An…

    New York Stories

    Party. New York in the late seventies was run-down, crime-ridden,…

    Laura

    Years ago my daughter, wife, and I took a trip…

    Hong Kong

    On my many visits to China, I always make a…

    Motherwell

    In the mid-sixties, I managed a furniture store in Motherwell,…

    An Interesting Day

    “You should visit the Yakeshi Factory in Foshan,” my friend…

    Heart

    I am awake. Not a slow-opening-of-my-eyes awake. More a slap-in-the-face…

    Citizenship

    “Oh, you speak English? Thank God. You’re the first one…

    Smuggling

    I come from a family of smugglers. “Have you anything…

    Memoirs

    Writing memoirs is a strange process. I have written 60-plus…

    Hey Jude

    Music can bring you back to a certain time and…

    School Days

    Fat Malcolm. Malcolm was fat. This was a rarity in…

    Arran, a Whisky Tale

    The ad ran something like this. “Invest in a new…

    Whisky

    The man with the whisky bottle kept filling my glass.…

    Dude Ranch

    “Great recovery Roy,” yelled the wrangler as I tightly pulled…

    Copenhagen

    Hi Dad, we just managed to get a booking for…

    Israel

    Our friend Allan was the Sherriff of Galilee. At least…

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    The bride and groom walked down the aisle to the…

    Berlin Stories

    KaDeWe  “How can you stand to be here after all…

    Binghamton

    My first impression of America was Binghamton, New York. With…

    Key West

    “Go immediately to the emergency room. I can’t help you…

    Cop Tales

    First Phone Call: “Let me speak to Mary.” “I’m sorry,…

    Zaida

    The headline in the local Jewish newspaper read, “Orthodox Man…

    Erna

    As some readers may have noticed, the tales I write…

    Artek

    I looked down at the bowl of pasta covered with…

    Puerto Rico

    “Why are we here?” I asked my host Harry. “Wait,…

    Top Chef

    “Dad, can you lend me $2000? I’m good for it.”…

    Gatecrashing

    “Would you like to see the car?” Leland and I…

    Mykonos

    “Aren’t you Morag and Elspeth from Arbroath?” The flight to…

    Macy’s

    “What did you say to Mr. Segal?” My boss grabbed…

    Dickens

    “You’re going to see that wee, fat conceited bastard?” said…

    Fort Peck

    “You won’t find a hotel room anywhere for the next…

    Rikers

    “Roy, would you do me a favor? Can you visit…

    The Deal (or: How Adolf Hitler Bought Me a Jaguar)

    Reading the deed in the Grundbuch (land registry) in East…

    Jazz

    “God bless you honey, God bless you”, said Alberta Hunter…

    Eating

    “If you touch me again,” I yelled, “I will kill…

    Oppportunities

    “It was the Armani coat that sealed the deal,” said…

    The Engagement

    “Goodbye” I said with a smile as I stepped over…

    Art 2

    As he lay down in bed, my father noticed a…

    Summer Holiday

    “We’ve come to report a car accident”said Ivor. The policeman…

    Wilmore!

    “Where is Roy Hall? Roy Hall? Stand up.” My heart…

    Cairo

    “Is Israel a good country?” asked the captain. I was…

    Justice

    “I don’t know why I am telling you this. “…

    Art

    “Hello, this is Robert Rauschenberg’s personal secretary. Mr. Rauschenberg wants…

    Sadie

    “Hello Sadie, when are you leaving?” said my father, the…

    Dog Day

    “Give this to the taxi driver when you leave the…

    A Factory Visit

    The first two shots of  slivovitz—plum brandy— went down easily,…

    Sinai

    The muezzin woke us up with the Adhan (The Muslim call…

    Trade Shows

    Politics. “Roy, I need you to be on your best…

    Food, Wine, and Advice

    One. When I moved to Manhattan in the mid-seventies things…

    Discipline

    As a kid growing up in Glasgow, Scotland in the…

    Masumi

    “Would you like to have dinner with me tonight?” “Yes,”…

    Education

    “It’s your move Roy. The bet is two shillings and…

    Suicide

    As I age, I become aware of my mortality. My…

    Cairns

    As a child growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, I was,…

    Love Stories

    Would you like to go somewhere beautiful?” I asked. “More…

    Surprise

    I had been friendly with Roslyn for quite a few…

    The Wong Way

    “Dear Roy, Thank you for email. Our guy would like…

    Concerts

    Unsurprisingly, music has played a central role in my life.…

    Hotel Tales

    St James Club. I had come to LA on a…

    Escape

    “Line up against that wall” said the Captain to my…

    Belmont Park

    She was a head taller than everyone else, and moved…

    The Munich HIGH END Show

    The Munich HIGH END show or springtime for (you know…

    Cancer

    “What’s that black circle?” I asked the technician while looking…

    Jerusalem

    The pilgrim, after saying some prayers, prostrated himself on the…

    Vikingbåde

    “I wish this boat would stop rocking so much,” I…
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