I’ve been listening to the song “Judy In Disguise” by John Fred and his Playboy Band. Besides having one of the great all-time band names (although maybe not at the same level as Lothar and the Hand People or Shirley Temple of Doom), I’m currently really intrigued by the structure of the song. Allow meContinue reading “4/8/20: Geeking out with Judy”
Damn, these are crazy times. Even just a week ago seems like years. I hope whoever reads this is healthy and safe, and that if you’re ill, you get well soon. I’m right near New York City, which as of now has become the center of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Everything isContinue reading “3/21/20: The lion sings tonight”
I love albums. You can create a much more expansive and complex picture with ten songs rather than one.
Let me make one thing clear: I have great admiration for Bill Wyman’s bass playing. Although I’ve been a Rolling Stones fan since I was 13, I’ve only recently come around to appreciating how he plays. He’s perfect for the band. With two guitarists and a highly theatrical lead singer, Bill really had to beContinue reading “4/12/19: Keith Richards, bass player”
A dear friend of mine passed away recently. We had many wonderful adventures together. She was warm, funny, and life will be less fun without her. This is a song we used to like to play on the jukebox at our local joint. Not because anyone was lying or anything like that – it’s justContinue reading “3/19/19: Safe Travels”
Every year, a bunch of poor groundhogs who never asked for any trouble get dragged out of their nice warm burrows by a bunch of humans in top hats. And then these very humans demand that the groundhog predict the overall weather pattern for the next six weeks. This is a very difficult task evenContinue reading “2/2/19: Groundhog love”
Do you remember cassette tapes? They’re not making the kind of comeback that vinyl did, for a lot of reasons. Cassettes can get mangled pretty easily; the tape can get stuck in your tape player and then you have to get a pencil and wind it back up and hope the tape doesn’t get evenContinue reading “1/29/18: I made you a mixtape…”
The past few weeks have been pretty busy, thanks to some wonderful wonderful work. I know everyone hates waking up in the morning to get ready for their jobs, but it’s so great to have a reason to hate waking up. It seems like the best working songs have to do with not liking yourContinue reading “Working it”
I was always a big fan of this song. I knew they were using samples from Blue Note recordings, but never bothered to track down the original source material. But then it came and found me. I was listening to the radio, and some Herbie Hancock came on: It’s great to listen toContinue reading “7/10/17: US3 & Herbie Hancock”
There are a lot of wonderful protest songs out there, but I wish there didn’t have to be any.