The Occasional Story

Stories and songs. No Utubes


How do you write? Keyboard, touchpad, or good ol’ pen and paper?

Writers, writing in the night.
Dickens, writing in ink and pen I suppose.images
A quill and a bottle of ink.
At his desk.
Three candles burning,
The great man writes on.

Hugo, writing reams of prose.images-1
Spewing it out.
Writing by day, writing by night.

Dostoevsky, writing deep, deep into the night.images-2
Feverishly of course.

All of them.
I see them writing in the night.

Screenwriters, hecklers, princes and poets.
Writing late into the night.
All of them, all of us.
Writing into the night.


39 responses to “Writers”

  1. Good song Bumba! I always grab a piece of chalk and write on my dog. He does not seem to mind too much. Even bald dogs can be useful, Of course, he hates it when I write songs about cats.

    1. I always thought your prose was a bit Spotty.

    1. I don’t know how you did it. I didn’t think it possible to incorporate the little Writers poem into a blues song, but you did it! Thank you for the honor of being cited, quoted etc.

  2. hi Stephen, I threw out off my apartment my daughters, wife and grandchildren for one hour to have silence recording your writers’ blues :
    or listen to my music via
    I’ve sent an e-mail to you

  3. it would be an honor for me if you would add your blues harp to my mp3 track when I try to perform your song, I’ll upload that to soundcloud and ‘ll send the track via e-mail to you, wait some days!

  4. This post really “captured”me….
    …and the music will be staying in my ears/mind forever!

    1. Thank you. It’s just a straight-up blues.

  5. it’s two o’clock in the morning
    and the moon is shining bright ://
    I would like to have the lyrics written down explicit
    then I would like to sing that fine Bumba blues too…

    1. to continue…
      It’s two o’clock in the morning and the moon is shining bright.
      I’m just wondering where my baby is tonight.

      I been walking all night, can hardly keep my feet
      There’s nothing at home and there’s nothing in the street.

    2. Thank you Frizz for a very fine compliment. I couldn’t ask for a better compliment than for other people to play my songs. Especially you.

      1. hi Stephen,
        actually our house is filled with visitors, but in ten days, when I’m alone again, I’ll be happy to record a version of your blues, will set some links to your blog of course too!
        Technically I have two possibilities:
        1 – I add my vocals to your voice, guitar and blues harp
        2 – I start a new turn with own guitar, without your voice and harp
        which to choose??

        1. If you choose the second option, can I add a harp track?

  6. Reblogged this on Flickr Comments and commented:
    I always like to listen to Bumba / Stephen in L.A.!

  7. a WWWonderful song – by yourself or a cover?
    I couldn’t resist reblogging your work of ART!

    1. It’s one of mine.

  8. Cheers to you! I’ve never been successful at switching to the keyboard. It takes a lot longer this way: to write and then to copy onto the computer.

  9. Not being a great writer the key board suits me fine! 🙂

  10. The daytime just has to much in the way of annoying distractions. Nighttime is so much better, more brooding, Where would we have been without Roskolnikov, Bill Sykes and Claude Frollo. Somehow it would diminish my love of their nefarious ways if I found out they were created in the day.

    1. Of course in Russia you have the White Nights.

  11. Good to hear from you Mira. Glad to add a drop of tranquility. Love, light, and peace to you!

  12. It’s such a tranquility-shot, I get everytime I step into your world; I shall confess.
    Missed your beats & nothing’s better than pouring your heart on paper; personally soft copies are only a way of storage but never a way of painting my ideas..

    Love & Light

  13. …2’o clock in the morning here [almost] and even though heavy clouds are hiding our moon your tune is shinning bright! 😉

    1. You should have seen the red moon and sky we had here in North America the other night. 🙂

  14. Love this, Stephen. My very best writing (or what I consider the best) is that which wakes me up……….to where I’m running through the house in search of anything (anything) to write on. A magazine, a deck of cards, whatever I can find before the words are gone. I know these guys – I see them sometimes – standing watch from the edge of the woods……. i love these guys…….and you. ~ Bobbie

    1. Thanks, Bobbie. It sure works for you.

  15. Through your words I see them too…. and for me? whatevers handy Bumba, but more often that not, the keybord… Just bought a Tablet, (his name’s Norbert) so practising with finger touch!! 😀 xPenx

      1. Oh yes, … ‘he’ looks like a Norbert, 😉 and last week he had a stroke. (stock still for ages, seeming dead as a doornail ’til I read the ‘destructions’ about holding the on/off for ten seconds..) Phew!! x

  16. It does seem like more creative writing does get done at late at night. Whether it be by one bulb burning or a single candle lit it is how we think of writers weaving their stories. Alone, in the quiet.

    1. Actually, there is an entire class of writers who write while they’re on the bus. Of course you get what you pay for.

      1. And that ain’t always fare (sorry).

  17. That’s cool thing to have a song… I wonder how you embedded that here 🙂 Can you let us know if you don’t mind?

    1. I got it.. 🙂 Just upload and add the code.. 🙂

    2. Good thing you’re resourceful. I’m not sure I could have explained it. I use the Add Media option and then upload files that are already on my hard drive.

  18. Must be dark stories – all 🙂

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About Me

Bumba’s real name is Stephen Baum, and he was born and raised in the Bronx, a product of the NYC school system. All the same, he has written two fine, literary novels – one is called Up in the Bronx, and the other is called One Life or the Lives of Chester Knowles. Check them out on Bumba Books. Also included in this blog are a number of Bumba’s original songs, plus a lot of traditi0nal country music – all played by Bumba and his friend Maybank. You’ll also find some poems, odes, stories, humorous pieces, and a lot of didactic stuff about science, especially paleontology, and numbers.Lots of stuff about numbers. Watch out.


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