A few weeks ago, I dropped off the Medium writing map for various existential reasons, which would doubtless bore you all to tears, so consider yourselves respectfully spared!
However, during this hiatus, when I was supposedly closed for stock-taking, I was delightfully “interrupted” by the now-holidaying Noah Levy regarding whether I would like to guest-edit this week’s Greatest Hits.
Sometimes, all a writer “in crisis” needs is a good old terrifying push off a cliff and into the whooshing void of challenge.
However unprepared I felt, I tried my best not to stall too much before replying because I knew…
What does music mean to you? What would you do without music?
Happy Friday (and sorry for the bad pun)!
For your weekend reading, I’ve cued up a list of fabulous reads & reviews published at The Riff over the past week. The last time I did this, making picks was tough. This time was even harder. That’s a good problem to have, and all credit goes to you.
I want to start with the two articles below. Each makes very different but very important points. …
Some younger candidates stand ready to take their place
This piece contains what may be considered ageist humor. However, it was written by someone who has already experienced some of the indignities of advancing age, so try not to get your granny panties in a wad.
The Classic Rock Retirement Committee is charged with helping the hardest working, elderly classic rock songs make a seamless transition to full retirement. The following songs have notified the committee that they’re utterly exhausted and ready to finally be allowed to kick back and relax for a change. …
The animated sitcom Family Guy does two things well; it makes me literally LOL, even if no one is around. It also offends me.
It did the latter several years ago on one particular episode. In it, Chris Griffin is positioned like a naughty school child in front of a blackboard writing this sentence over and over and over: “That’s enough, John Mayer.”
I’ve spent two decades, nearly half of my entire life, being a fan of John Mayer’s music. I can still remember first hearing the song “Comfortable” and envisioning what it was like for a young John Mayer…
Musician Richard “Rick” Wright (July 28, 1943-September 15, 2008) is best known for his work as a keyboardist and songwriter with Pink Floyd, of which he was a founding member.
When Rick died, it seemed that most of the tributes to him focused primarily on his writing of the music for the songs “The Great Gig In The Sky” and “Us And Them,” both from the band’s most famous album, “The Dark Side Of The Moon.” Also frequently mentioned was his work on the extended instrumental sections of the fantastic “Wish You Were Here” album. …
On July 21st, Lorde released “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” the second single from Solar Power, her upcoming album set to be released on August 20th.
“Stoned at the Nail Salon” takes on a drastically different tone from the album’s first single, “Solar Power.” While “Solar Power” was a spirited, carefree summer tune, “Stoned at the Nail Salon” sees Lorde meandering through downcast reflections and recollections, haunted by doubt and nostalgia.
Note: Each week I take a look back at my playlists and share songs that were either played the most, got stuck in my head, or just stood out. Many are new to me, but there are old faves mixed in as well.
Below is my Top 5 of the last 7 days:
This past weekend, my sons and I took a last-minute trip to Minneapolis for a soccer game. Or rather; we drove up, watched the game, visited with a friend, and then drove straight back.
It’s 4 hours each way, but the opportunity presented itself, and we took…
Emerging out of college life around 2013 and now with families, the quartet Babewatch’s name was a lark rather than a practice as their lyrics contemplate the diminishing fruits of debauchery. Their sound is thickly atmospheric with spooky energy balanced with un-ironic dude rock. They are surf, psychedelic, libidinous and unpretentious.
Transplanted from Santa Cruz to Oakland, Babewatch is comprised of Peter Kegler and Callum Beals on vocals and guitar, bassist Chase Eiseman, and drummer Eli Lyons. …
Music gives its listeners and performers powers they normally wouldn’t have. Fans become gods in their cars and at concerts. Musicians perform and become the human embodiment of their fan’s dreams and wishes. Whether people sing their praises on Mt Olympus or in their private circles, it’s important for the artist to know that their music and life are important to others.
“I want people to respect me. I want people to respect my music and know it’s not no bullshit.”
Jeray Mills, known professionally as Hercc, wants the same thing. Drawing his name from the Greek god, Hercules, Mills…
A new publication on music and how it’s impacting our lives ❤