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
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!
Just a quick post to say that I've published a new book. It's called Tired of California: The Beach Boys' Holland Revisited. Its main focus is a somewhat obscure Beach Boys album called Holland, which was recorded in the Netherlands. The book examines the band's attempts at re-branding itself as hip, funky, and socially-conscious in…Read more Tired of California
As I put the finishing touches on my new album, I'm quite pleased to share the following essay I wrote for Musical U: From Prose to Indie Rock: How a Writer Embraced His Musicality. (I'm the writer in question, by the way!)