Roomful of Blues
At Misquamicut Beach, RI, August 1, 2018
There’s an 8-piece band in there, I promise you.
Bear with me a moment.
In September, 1980, I found myself sitting in line at an ungodly hour at UMass, waiting to buy tickets to see the Grateful Dead at Radio City. The chatter among the other line-sitters was of past shows.
If you’ve never suffered through one of these sessions they offer their own special Continue reading
Early Morning Thoughts on Some 1970s Music
What were they all thinking?
Not just the bands, but the fans.
Better yet, are they thinking it still?
Maybe I don’t want to know the answer to that last question.
As I ponder that possibility, let’s turn to an Continue reading
Memorial Day 2018
I always start from the premise that it’s important to remember why we even have a holiday called Memorial Day.
So, as I’ve been doing for decades now, I’ll turn out early on Monday to watch the parade and remember that our freedoms Continue reading
Albert King: An Appreciation
They called him the big man.
Standing in front of the stage at the original Lone Star Cafe, which may have been all of three and a half feet off the barroom floor, he appeared a giant. From the balcony that wrapped around the front and right hand side of Continue reading
As we celebrate two great feasts there seems no better time to remember the promise of the season:
Peace. Continue reading
“What’s in a name?,” the Bard rightly asked.
It’s a question I’ve been pondering once again as I’ve become obsessed with another: Could pop music even exist without songs simply titled by a girl’s name?
There’s no reason they’re required, though. The number of songs about a generic girl dwarfs the Continue reading
The Year in Music: The Titular Playlist
It’s time for the annual listing of the songs from which I borrowed my post titles. A mixtape fiend back in the C-90 era, I have once again provided a Spotify playlist. I’m Continue reading