Soft Light: A Disco Riff on TS Eliot

Back in high school, I had a teacher named Joe Griffin who turned me on to TS Eliot. I think we spent the first semester of my senior year reading Murder in the Cathedral. It’s a play in which a bishop knows he’s going to get murdered by a king but does nothing to save…Read more Soft Light: A Disco Riff on TS Eliot

New Song…

I'm putting the finishing touches on a new song. This one is a disco version of TS Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." (More on that in a later post!) It's also influenced by Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle." I'm hoping to have the song ready to…Read more New Song…

Believe It or Not…

A number of years ago -- four? five? -- I submitted a review of The Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz to the venerable Believer magazine. Much to my delight, they accepted the review and planned to run it in a forthcoming issue. Then, much to my dismay, the magazine folded, and my review never…Read more Believe It or Not…

Tuck the Tag into Your Sleeve…

As I mentioned the other day, my new song, "Picture Day," was largely inspired by a bit of schoolyard bullying I experience in my youth. The biographical details, however, were someone else's entirely. In fact, the idea for the first verse was lifted entirely from my good friend Tom Powers, who wrote The Greatest Show…Read more Tuck the Tag into Your Sleeve…

A Longish Preamble to My New Song

Between the ages of ten and thirteen, I went to a Catholic school just beyond the city limits of Philadelphia. You knew you were leaving Philadelphia because you had to cross a bridge that spanned a set of railroad tracks and ended at the top of a steep hill that descended into the wilds of…Read more A Longish Preamble to My New Song