Music'al Notes

Cultural Differences

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

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…

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…

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…

Berlin Stories

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

Binghamton

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

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…

Smuggling

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

Trade Shows

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

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.”…

Cuba

The colorful buildings in the narrow streets of Old Havana…

Art 2

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

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…

Gatecrashing

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

Mykonos

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

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,…

Concerts

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

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…

Sinai

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

The Wong Way

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

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…

The Engagement

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