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This is an email from The Setlist, a newsletter by The Riff.

Live Event

Upcoming event: Album Discussion This Sunday (9/18)


Good morning! It’s that time again; time for our monthly album discussion.

One of the core tenets of this page is sharing music. That obviously involves writing about it (I mean, we are on Medium, after all), but also talking about it. Together. We do that monthly here.

For September, we’re hosting it this Sunday (the 18th).

What Is This?

For new readers, The Riff hosts an online discussion every month. Here’s how it works:

  • A writer (more on that in a second) picks a record to discuss and writes a brief piece about their choice and the meeting details.
  • At the meeting, they talk about why they picked it, offer a bit of a backstory/context, and whatever else they’d like to share.
  • Everyone else on the call can share their own “hot take,” related story, or anything else you think is relevant.
  • At the end of the meeting, next month’s writer volunteers (or is chosen), and the process repeats itself.

Don’t know the record? Doesn’t matter.

Not comfortable speaking in public? Me either. And you don’t have to if you don’t want to. Heck, you don’t even have to turn your camera on. It’s a safe space, but you control what you share.

If nothing else, it’s a great way to put a name and a voice to the people whose work you love to read.

In the end, you’re part of The Riff; we want you to be a part of this, too.


This month’s discussion is being hosted by long-time writer/friend of The Riff, Christine Carmichael

Here’s a teaser from her about Sunday’s discussion:

Some of you may be familiar with a song from the 1970s titled Convoy. The tune was written and sung by C.W. McCall. It started out as a radio ad jingle, and folks were so smitten with the commercial storyline they actually called into radio stations asking them to play the ad!

Eventually, the song inspired a movie by the same name, starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw.

How does this relate to our discussion?

C.W. McCall is none other than Chip Davis, founder of and drummer for Mannheim Steamroller.

What’re We Listening To?

Click on the record to listen on your platform of choice


Meeting Details:

Sunday, September 18th, from 4:00–6:00 PM EST/3:00–5:00 PM CST

Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 83896044383
Passcode: z@X2h6xm
Join By Phone
Passcode: 32501116

P.S. A Small Ask: The more people on these calls, the better. You can help by sharing this meeting with the music fans in your life, posting this to your social media feeds, etc.



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