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I ♥ Hartford

I ♥ Hartford

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hartford isn’t Connecticut’s largest city; it’s number four. The large, coastal cities of Bridgeport, Stamford and New Haven now have populations that exceed that of Connecticut’s 380-year-old capital city. Still, for a relatively small city, Hartford occupies a big place in American history and culture. In the music business, Hartford has given us a panoply […]

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Brother, Can You Spare A Strat?

Brother, Can You Spare A Strat?

| March 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you’re coming from The Chief’s hidden base, surreptitiously nestled in Port Washington NY, and you want to head out east to Suffolk County, your best bet is I-495, also known as the Long Island Expressway or “LIE.” That’s where this mission picks up. The car I liberated for the day had a cracked windshield; […]

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MI Spy: No Strings Attached

MI Spy: No Strings Attached

| February 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having recently been placed on desk duty for The Organization, I was happy to be able to spruce up my spy clothes and hit the road again. After my layoff, I was ready to start searching for stores in Connecticut that sell high-end and lower-end vintage guitars. Then, I was to report to The Chief, […]

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‘Boroughing’ Into Brooklyn

‘Boroughing’ Into Brooklyn

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

New York City might be known as the financial capital of the world, but the city’s financial titans—and just about everybody else—are powered by NYC’s music. The city’s boroughs are bursting with music artists, musicals and concerts. Nearly everyone recommends to tourists that they see something related to music. And, because New York City is […]

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Heating Up In Tucson

Heating Up In Tucson

| December 21, 2015 | 2 Comments

Around 3am on a Tuesday, I awoke, bleary eyed, to a text message that detailed my next mission. The Chief informed me that my next assignment would lead me back to the desert southwest. This time, I was to shop for drums in the absurdly sunny city of Tucson AZ. Because it is located just […]

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MI Spy’s ‘Sticker Shock’

MI Spy’s ‘Sticker Shock’

| November 18, 2015

Welcome to Northampton, “where the coffee is strong and so are the women.” This saying, which I saw posted on stickers and signs throughout Northampton MA, seems to be the unofficial slogan of the city, where The Chief sent me on my latest spy mission. And although the city is not a huge commercial center […]

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The MI Spy Is Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

The MI Spy Is Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

| October 21, 2015

You probably think you know what hot feels like…but, unless you’ve experienced a summer in Phoenix AZ and the surrounding areas, you might want to reconsider. Driving to any destination is basically a nightmare. As hot as it is outside, the inside of your car is worse. It feels as though you are trapped in […]

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MI Spy: Next Stop, Emerald City

MI Spy: Next Stop, Emerald City

| September 17, 2015

Seattle has produced many well known musicians over the years. Members of bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains have called Seattle home. The city was also the birthplace of grunge in the 1980s, with the rising success of bands like Nirvana taking the genre to global prominence in the 1990s. Relative newcomer Macklemore […]

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Bass Hunting In ‘The Big Apple’

Bass Hunting In ‘The Big Apple’

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

I did such a good job on my last spy assignment that The Chief, head of The Organization, decided to send me on a trip back to New York City. My mission? To use all my snooping skills to find a good bass guitar for a novice player. But there was another equally urgent request: […]

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MI Spy Plays 20 Questions

MI Spy Plays 20 Questions

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was a great day for a drive to Silicon Valley, burgeoning hub of the modern technology boom and the location of massive, world-renowned headquarters that include the Facebook and Google campuses. Although I hit a couple of snags while taking 880 down, that wasn’t a surprise. Actually, 880 is almost always bad, and it’s […]

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