Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: Baz Luhrmann’s Feel-Good Masterpiece, Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom, Baz Luhrmann’s unforgettable début feature film, was an unlikely hit at the Cannes International Film Festival when it was first screened in May 1992, belongs to a handful of DVDs that my family will re-watch religiously over the winter holidays, year after year, without ever becoming bored by the experience. Why? Because theContinue reading “Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: Baz Luhrmann’s Feel-Good Masterpiece, Strictly Ballroom”

Autobiographical Storytelling Elevated to the Top Tier of Artistic Expression.

A Retrospective Review of Mark Knopfler, Tracker Tracker, Mark Knopfler’s 8th solo album, is equal parts audio autobiography, lyrical oral history, and rapturous musical appreciation. As it was being recorded and released, Mark crossed that numerically freighted threshold of 65 (born in August 1949, a Leo). One only wishes that all senior citizens had suchContinue reading “Autobiographical Storytelling Elevated to the Top Tier of Artistic Expression.”

My Yogi Daily Affirmation

Eve of Christmas Eve, 2020 “Gratitude Leads to Love.” I like to begin each weekday morning with a cup or two of Yogi herbal tea. While my favorite variety is ginger, there are many others available on the Yogi Storefront on Amazon from which to choose. I prefer to start my morning work routines withoutContinue reading “My Yogi Daily Affirmation”

Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: When the Winter Rains Arrive, I Turn To Tracy to Help Me Think.

A Retrospective Review of Tracy Chapman, Our Bright Future. The winter rains have been far too slow arriving this year, but there are signs on the horizon that this situation is about to change. Not the harsh rains and hurricane force winds that so often batter the coastlines of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest,Continue reading “Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: When the Winter Rains Arrive, I Turn To Tracy to Help Me Think.”

Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: Setting Your Sights on a New Horizon

A Retrospective Book Review of Barry Lopez, Horizon. As the Christmas holidays continue their path forward into the New Year, I am prompted to revisit some of my book and music recommendations from 2020 for retrospective sharing. This one is about a book Barry Lopez published earlier in the year. It has grown on meContinue reading “Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: Setting Your Sights on a New Horizon”

My Yogi Daily Affirmation

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 “Be fearless; know that all will be provided at the right time.” I like to begin each weekday morning with a cup or two of Yogi herbal tea. While my favorite variety is ginger, there are many others available on the Yogi Storefront on Amazon from which to choose. I preferContinue reading “My Yogi Daily Affirmation”

Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: Guitar music to soothe the soul and celebrate the season in style.

Guitar music isn’t just for flamenco, or for rock n’ roll. It’s totally in the spirit of the winter holidays and Christmas season. That’s why this guitar-centric Windham Hill holiday album is at the top of my “12 Days of Amazon Christmas” playlist for 2020. Why? The guitar, baby. It’s all about the guitar. TheseContinue reading “Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas: Guitar music to soothe the soul and celebrate the season in style.”

MDNA+ aon= 5 stars on AMAZon.com

A retrospective music review of Madonna, MDNA, originally posted as a customer review on https://amazon.com In an ideal world, there would be no need for an album like this one. MDNA is Madonna’s 12th studio recording, released in 2012 following an ended marriage (to Guy Ritchie, in 2008) and a film directing effort that wasContinue reading “MDNA+ aon= 5 stars on AMAZon.com”

They called it Johnny Mathis “Gold” for a very good reason: IT IS !!!

For an album that was originally recorded in June 1958, the Christmas songs that Johnny Mathis first recorded as a gift to his mother is worth its weight in gold each and every winter holiday season. That’s why it’s my #2 selection for the Twelve Days of Amazon Christmas 2020 edition.  Maybe it’s the qualityContinue reading “They called it Johnny Mathis “Gold” for a very good reason: IT IS !!!”

A Flea Market of the Mind, One Torrent at a Time: A Review of Ani DiFranco’s Memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream.

There are only two ways to write a rock star memoir; you do it yourself, despite the torpedoes, or you seek help. Guess which one Ani D. chooses? You got it, friend. She does it her way. How else would this thing go down? Memoirs that are written with professional help have flow, structure, andContinue reading “A Flea Market of the Mind, One Torrent at a Time: A Review of Ani DiFranco’s Memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream.”