I've been listening to Gordon Lightfoot for 44 of my 44 years. It's a gimme, isn't it? If you were alive in the 70's, you listened to Gordo. That doesn't mean I knew the ins and outs of the man. Actually.....I heard from a reliable source that his life took some serious wrong turns, … Continue reading Gordon Lightfoot
What Are Your First Musical Memories?
What are the first songs you remember in your life? Of course, the answer may have something to do with when you were born. It may also have something to do with the type of music your parents listened to. And, believe it or not, it may also have to do with what your mother … Continue reading What Are Your First Musical Memories?
A Letter to Carole King Concerning Tapestry
Dear Carole, In 1971 you released an album called "Tapestry". This is an album in which you either wrote all the songs either by yourself, or with a little help from your friends, with the exception of "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." I say this not … Continue reading A Letter to Carole King Concerning Tapestry
New Releases by Some Classic Rockers and Singer Songwriters
Are you as burnt out as I am? I’m ready for something new … something different … something that I can get into and forget everything that’s been going on. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers just put out a new blues album. If you’re a fan of the blues, you’ll be happy to know that … Continue reading New Releases by Some Classic Rockers and Singer Songwriters
I Thought Billy Joel and Billy Crystal Were the Same Person
I admit it, I watched a lot of TV as a kid in the 70's. So much TV, that as a virtual latch-key kid, my sister and I often joked that TV was our mother. That same kid somehow managed to watch SOAP when no one was looking, which was basically always. Except on those … Continue reading I Thought Billy Joel and Billy Crystal Were the Same Person
The Magical Mystery of Music
If there was no such thing as the magical mystery that is music, I wonder what humans would do to pass the time? If I couldn't hum to myself or learn to produce tonal incantations from odd and diverse objects, then how would I express myself beyond the fragmentary thoughts that bind my mind and … Continue reading The Magical Mystery of Music
How On Demand Is Cheating Our Kids
In an age when it’s too easy to become a Ninja Netflix addict, stealthily clicking “next episode” on the iPad at 2am, knowing that you’ll regret it, and not being able to resist doing so, because it’s RIGHT THERE, right NOW, on demand, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when life was … Continue reading How On Demand Is Cheating Our Kids
Lessons Learned From a Cheap Trick Concert
It's the end of the summer; we try and make it to as many concerts at our local Ravinia Festival during their short season. It's a completely unique venue, sprawling lawn lot's of giant trees shading the area, planted in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It was originally built in the 1940's as the … Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Cheap Trick Concert