George Harrison’s estate is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of what many people think is his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, later this year with not one but eight different varieties […]
The Ballad of Easy Procrastinator
I sat down the other night for one hour of perfect writing time, the kind of time recommended by experts who write books on writing.
Deep Cuts: Shopping Songs
And the Lord smiled upon the scene, and he sayeth unto the masses,
Deep Cuts: Door Songs (But Not Doors Songs)
Arnold Schwarzenneger slamming a door in my face is one of my favorite Hollywood stories, but it isn’t really that unusual. If the Arnolds of the world wasted their time on flunkies […]
Deep Cuts: Waiting Songs
I still don’t understand what’s so damned difficult about serving French food in a mall restaurant, but I know this: Waiting tables is a tough job. To this day I remain convinced […]
Deep Cuts: 1987
In story time we’re at 20 years after 20 years after Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. 1987 was a remarkably good year for music, a kind of intersection for the […]
Deep Cuts: Station. Wagon.
They were big, they were ugly, and if anybody ever wrote a song about one I don’t have it in my stacks. So what’s a desperate playlist maker to do when deadline […]
Deep Cuts, Reader’s Choice Edition: Laura B.
Laura B. is the kind of reader who writers dream about: enthusiastic, supportive, engaged. Maybe that’s because her career involves books, or maybe it’s simply that she’s a bright and interesting human […]
The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: Ravi Shankar
It’s 10:00 Friday night and raining when sitar master Ravi Shankar takes the stage along with his tabla accompanist, Alla Rakha. At forty-nine years old Shankar is a generation removed from his […]
Deep Cuts: Best Of Benefit Albums
Benefit gigs are great for a few reasons: they raise lots of money, and hopefully a good chunk of that flows to the designated charity; they bring together disparate artists that may […]