[Original post has been revised and updated.]
I started writing my memoirs some years ago, and since my life is still in progress, I never got around to publishing it officially, and besides that, I am always adding to it, revising and editing. It’s an ongoing project. In addition, the whole thing is now over 900 pages! It seems that I have a lot to say on just about everything. So in lieu of former publication, I have decided to start a blog site on which to share some of my thoughts and opinions. Candid Talk: The World According to Cliff Townsend is more than a mere autobiography. It serves as a philosophical treatise as well, in which I do comment on the world as I see it. And believe me, at the age of 74 and with extensive travel experience behind me, I have seen quite a lot! My On the Road With Cliff is a travelogue of every place I have been in the world. I have had a fascinating and exciting life and career so far. And like the Stephen Sondheim song from Follies, I am still here.
By way of introduction, let me tell you a little about myself. I live alone in Manhattan (New York City) and although semi-retired, I still work as an occasional freelance professional musician and performer, that is, when things get back to normal, as a result of this damned COVID distraction. Formerly of The Flirtations, a touring acappella group, I can be seen with them in the 1993 film Philadelphia. I was a member of Steamboat Gothic and The New York Vagabonds, other male, touring vocal quartets. I am also a much-credited recording artist, including several with the aforementioned groups as well as two self-produced solo albums entitled Out Here On My Own and Cliff Townsend Still Going Strong, all available for the asking. By choice, I am still single, never married. I do have definite thoughts on marriage as well. You will learn more about me when you read my essays. My biggest pet peeves in life are hypocrisy and injustice, and I have no qualms about exposing them when they occur. If you enjoy stimulating, provocative, humorous, intelligent discussions on diverse subjects, as I do, this blog site is for you.