5/4/19: Beware the earworm

The problem with an earworm is that it starts out as a good song. But then it gets lodged in your brain and slowly becomes torturous. I’ve got an earworm right now, and it’s a bad one:   See, the problem is that I heard the song and thought it would be fun to learn […]

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 […]

6/21/18: Happy summer!

It’s the first day of summer (and the longest day of the year). This is my favorite time of the year, and here’s one of my favorite sunshiney songs, by the Polyphonic Spree. I saw this band twice – once at Maxwell’s, and once at SummerStage in Central Park, NYC. Both concerts were great. I […]

Walking home from work

One of my jobs is a couple of towns away from where I live. I get there by bus, which is about a 10 -15 minute walk from my house. Lately, I’ve been listening to my iPod while I walk to and from the bus stop. Last night was a beautiful evening. It had rained […]