Billy Joel Was Right!

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!

Track-by-Track: “My Head”

I have my friend the very funny and very talented Joe Lavelle to thank for reminding about this song about a year ago.  I wrote the song back when Joe and I were in high school, and it was originally just a refrain: "You stepped on my head, she said." I added verses a little…Read more Track-by-Track: “My Head”

Chasing Dreams with Laini Colman

Listening to Laini Colman’s self-titled debut album for the first time is like stumbling upon a cache of lost Nico recordings. Like the music of the former Velvet Underground collaborator, Colman’s voice has an exotic, haunting feel, and the album’s production is sweeping and cinematic in scope. Early on, wobbly piano chords and LoFi electronic…Read more Chasing Dreams with Laini Colman

Is Music Getting Louder?

Shopping at Kohl's is always a dodgy proposition for many reasons, not the least of which is that I feel like the music playing overhead is assaulting me whenever I'm there. Though saying so may put me in the category of "cranky old man," I can't help feeling that the music in that store is…Read more Is Music Getting Louder?

What I’ve Been Up to Lately (Mr Xquisite, pt. 1)

It's that time of year again... School's out in a few weeks, and my mind is turning toward creative projects I'll want to tackle over the summer. Right now, I have two in mind. The first is a short work of nonfiction about a fairly obscure album by a legendary band that I've always been…Read more What I’ve Been Up to Lately (Mr Xquisite, pt. 1)