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

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

New Song Coming Soon…

I'm hoping to post a new song within the next day or so. In the meantime, here are some of the tracks that inspired it... Musically, the track reminds me of "The High Road" by Broken Bells, especially the beat and some of the sound effects that I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWBG1j_flrg Thematically, it reminds me of…Read more New Song Coming Soon…

The Paul Sanwald Quartet

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

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