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The “New Normal”

I left Woodstock, NY, for home (Nashville) the day after the memorial event … Monday, September 17th … via Southwest out of Albany. Thank God for simple, reliable systems that work without much thought. Tuesday morning I hit the ground running on what I call a “re-entry day”. When I’ve been gone for 10 days, […]

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A Celebration of Life for Larry Lewis Hoppen

The invitation had gone out by email to a select group of friends and family. Some of us were to forward it to lists of our own, to reach those not on the initial list. Intended to be invitation-only event, there was some concern that the “invitations” had spread a bit too far by way […]

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Moving on …

Well, OK … I have put this off as long as I can stand! Why is it so hard for me to sit my ass down and write? It’s not that I don’t know how. Maybe, on top of all the usual reasons one procrastinates, I’m avoiding feeling what I’d rather not. It’s not like […]

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One Month Later …

It’s Friday night, August 24th. I’m alone in my Ramada Inn hotel room in Rapid City, SD. Tomorrow, a newly reconfigured Orleans will play “Kool Deadwood Nites” in nearby Deadwood; a very cool old Gold Rush town, I am told. The town’s name seems eerily appropriate. It was one month ago today that everything changed […]

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Registering to Comment is (again) Enabled!

If it was a snake, it woulda bit me! For the longest time, I could not figure out WHY nobody could comment on this blog. People USED to be able to do that, so why did that function cease to work? Well, actually, it didn’t cease to work, but you had to be registered in […]

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Adventures with Felix!

Back from the show in Lexington, SC with Felix Cavaliere (of the Rascals). Talk about a GOOD TIME! Wally Steinhauser and all the folks at Wingard’s Nursery treated us like kings! BEAUTIFUL setting, absolutely gorgeous weather, great production gear and techs to run it … and the FOOD! After the show they insisted on treating […]

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Thanks … just thanks!

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US. A day we set aside to proclaim and celebrate our gratitude for that which we have … or even what we don’t have … or just the fact that we’re still standing. Even in these generally tough times for all, there IS so much to be grateful for. […]

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What did he say about a NEW Orleans album?

Just recently (September 15th, 2010), our own Larry Hoppen was interviewed by Canadian guitarist / Independent Radio Host, Jason Saulnier. Hailing from Nova Scotia, Jason’s bio says he interviews roughly 100 artists per year! He engaged Larry by phone for about 20 minutes total. Among the topics discussed are … 1) Orleans’ and Rock & Pop Masters’ […]

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John Hall is Still the One (more YouTube video)

OK, we’re kinda biased. True that John Hall is a long-time friend, colleague, and comrade. True that we, as a group, tend to lean to the left. True that, even when we don’t necessarily agree, we still have each others’ backs. But beyond all that, it’s also true that former Orleans singer/songwriter/Founder John Hall has […]

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The debate rages over ESPN commercial

Geez! Who knew that posting ESPN’s “It’s not crazy; it’s sports!” commercial for the Philadelphia Eagles using Still the One would spark such a discussion as the one that’s taking place over at the Orleans YouTube Channel? Some viewers are confused by the images … Is that the SAME woman with different hairstyles he’s with? … or […]

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