4/12/19: Keith Richards, bass player

Let me make one thing clear: I have great admiration for Bill Wyman’s bass playing. Although I’ve been a Rolling Stones fan since I was 13, I’ve only recently come around to appreciating how he plays. He’s perfect for the band. With two guitarists and a highly theatrical lead singer, Bill really had to be […]

3/19/19: Safe Travels

A dear friend of mine passed away recently. We had many wonderful adventures together. She was warm, funny, and life will be less fun without her. This is a song we used to like to play on the jukebox at our local joint. Not because anyone was lying or anything like that – it’s just […]

2/2/19: Groundhog love

Every year, a bunch of poor groundhogs who never asked for any trouble get dragged out of their nice warm burrows by a bunch of humans in top hats. And then these very humans demand that the groundhog predict the overall weather pattern for the next six weeks. This is a very difficult task even […]

1/29/18: I made you a mixtape…

Do you remember cassette tapes? They’re not making the kind of comeback that vinyl did, for a lot of reasons. Cassettes can get mangled pretty easily; the tape can get stuck in your tape player and then you have to get a pencil and wind it back up and hope the tape doesn’t get even […]

Working it

The past few weeks have been pretty busy, thanks to some wonderful wonderful work. I know everyone hates waking up in the morning to get ready for their jobs, but it’s so great to have a reason to hate waking up. It seems like the best working songs have to do with not liking your […]

7/10/17: US3 & Herbie Hancock

I was always a big fan of this song. I knew they were using samples from Blue Note recordings, but never bothered to track down the original source material.   But then it came and found me. I was listening to the radio, and some Herbie Hancock came on:   It’s great to listen to […]