Huge thanks to Michele Cuomo for interviewing me on Montgomery County Community College on the Air! In this interview, I talk about music, teaching, writing, the Beatles' White Album, my new book about the Beach Boys, and my good friend Tom Powers. I also share a demo of asong I've been working on, "Someday Soon."…Read more MCCC on the Air Interview
My brother-in-law Paul Sanwald is an amazing musician and composer. His new album, The Paul Sanwald Quartet, has a great jazz vibe that's equal parts melodic and rhythmic. Give it a listen below. If you like it, buy it as a download or on Vinyl. And if you're in San Francisco, pick up a copy…Read more The Paul Sanwald Quartet
I'm not sure how old I was when I heard Billy Joel's "The Entertainer" for the first time, but I distinctly remember taking note of the part where he sings that it took him years to write his latest song and that although they were the best years of his life, the song ran too…Read more Billy Joel Was Right!
After the relative heaviness of "Tell Me a Story," I wanted to end on a more upbeat, quasi-comical note. The basic idea of the song is that a couple has stopped communicating effectively and their solution to the problem (spoiler alert!) is to stage a massive argument in a public place. There was an earlier…Read more Track-by-Track: “Whatever Forever”
This track gets a tiny bit political -- or at least takes a look at some concerns I have about the way we, as a culture, discuss weighty issues. Essentially, "Tell Me a Story" is about the vapid nature of the infotainment that passes for news in our world. "We play this game, you and…Read more Track-by-Track “Tell Me a Story”
Like other tracks on Thank You for Holding, "Spooky Spongecake" has a longer history than one might expect. I originally released a different version of this track as simply "Spongecake" about a year ago (and have since made it unavailable for reasons I'll explain in a moment.) Here's what I had to say about the…Read more Track-by-Track: “Spooky Spongecake”
Back in June, I read an article about prog rock in the New Yorker. If you're not familiar with prog, it's a category of rock exemplified by bands like Yes, King Crimson, early Genesis, and arguably Pink Floyd whose songs tended to be fairly long pieces marked by various movements akin to those in classical…Read more Track-by-Track: “66th and City”