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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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A Spy Mission Nearly Thwarted

A Spy Mission Nearly Thwarted

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

When The Chief called to send me to Seattle, I packed heavy, bought my plane ticket online and got ready for a wet weekend. At the airport, I went straight to the Enterprise counter to pick up the car I had reserved. It was an American model—a fuel-efficient Ford—and it was clean as a whistle, […]

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MI Spy: Greetings From The Garden State

MI Spy: Greetings From The Garden State

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state in the U.S. But, yet, the Garden State occupies an outsized place in the rock ‘n’ roll world. Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Snow, Janis Ian, Patti Smith, Pat DiNizio and the rest of the Smithereens, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Kate Pierson (The B-52s) and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) […]

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The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

After several recent missions spent looking at guitars and accessories for them, I’d started feeling too much like that proverbial kid let loose in the candy store. I’d enjoyed myself immensely, but I was feeling kind of queasy from sampling too much product. Even secret agents need a little variety, after all. So, you can […]

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All About That Bass

All About That Bass

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

So…we meet again. It wasn’t all that many months ago that I was searching Long Island NY retailers for solid, reasonably priced, mid-range basses, with some mixed results. Ever optimistic for the next great musical find, I accepted a new mission from The Chief: searching for quality, affordable, mid-range bass amps at retailers in Pennsylvania. […]

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MI Spy: Give This Man A Cigar!

MI Spy: Give This Man A Cigar!

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

As if the revival of acoustic instruments weren’t enough, we’re also in a bit of a do it yourself (DIY) renaissance regarding homemade instruments. Not only that, but there is a plethora of brands of cigars that come in some downright fancy-looking boxes, and other containers that range from cookie tins to turpentine cans can […]

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Fun And Games In Connecticut

Fun And Games In Connecticut

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Suddenly he had a vision, an inspiration. He could see himself, Leonard Bernstein, the egregio maestro, walking out on stage in white tie and tails in front of a full orchestra. On one side of the conductor’s podium is a piano. On the other is a chair with a guitar leaning against it. He sits […]

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