Songs I Wish I'd Written

"...What makes a perfect song? There’s really no formula. I love ambiguous, mysterious songs, but I also love songs that are simple, direct, and didactic, like “Nostalgia,” or even “Whole Lotta Love.” The didactic songs can become classics, but ambiguous songs can give us more over time, revealing hidden depths...."

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Craft of Art
The Craft of Art
I conceived my most ambitious work of visual art, an installation of paintings on wood panels, in March 2018, and began it in February 2019.

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Craft of Art
Elders & Mentors: James Sayre
By thinking beyond the cliches of liberalism and patriotism, by opposing war and imperialism and speaking truth to power, James reinforced the lessons Max had gotten from earlier mentors. Unlike many of his well-educated friends, James never stopped thinking critically and questioning authority, and to the end, he resisted the capitalist consumer lifestyle and addiction to technology that they all ultimately accepted.

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James Sayre
Something Different: Spontaneous Music!
Before and after their studio is destroyed by an earthquake, Max's San Francisco band exorcises their demons with exotic grooves and the eerie cries of Mike Elias's lap steel guitar.

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At picnics and parties in the East Bay, Max and friends explore new musical worlds with African drums, Appalachian banjo, saxophone, flute, and vocal improv.

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