Heroes and Villains: Brian Wilson, Donald Trump

I just watched the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors for Brian Wilson. For reasons that are easy to guess -- his life story, his genius, his music -- I am sobbing.  For other things, too: for him, for us; in gratitude, in fear. A decade later, neither the country nor the world look anything like they … Continue reading Heroes and Villains: Brian Wilson, Donald Trump

Steven Hyden’s Look At Billy Corgan

I don't agree with all of Hyden's conclusions in this piece (and I'm certainly no Rush expert), but isn't this a fantastic piece of writing?: Resentment was very good to Corgan when he invented the original incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins and made it the biggest band of alt-rock's last, lurching stand in the mid-'90s. It … Continue reading Steven Hyden’s Look At Billy Corgan

Jake Shimabukuro at TED and My Episode at the Thrift Store

A few months ago, my wife and I were listening to a WXPN interview with Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro that was nothing short of awesome. As we were about to get out of the car, Shimabukuro said that he was going to play an original arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody" to show just what his … Continue reading Jake Shimabukuro at TED and My Episode at the Thrift Store

Dear Music Industry: I Can Draw Diagonal Lines, Too

Okay, so the music industry is suing LimeWire. Sue away, Lars Ulrich, sue away. You should, I guess.  But you have to admit that this image, supposedly showing how much dough the biz has lost since the creation of Napster, is pretty convenient: Isn't it amazing that projected sales based on historic growth show none … Continue reading Dear Music Industry: I Can Draw Diagonal Lines, Too