Why You Should Listen to Mark Knopfler’s Privateering This Weekend.

Leave it to musician and songwriter Mark Knopfler to prove that bigger sometimes IS better. Mark Knopfler’s Privateering is available as a 2-disc CD collection on Amazon. There is a lot of music on this album: 20 tracks spread out over 2 CDs. And not just quantity, but quality matters here, as Mark outdoes himselfContinue reading “Why You Should Listen to Mark Knopfler’s Privateering This Weekend.”

Sustainable Earth Solutions #1: SIGG Swiss-Made Reusable Metal H2O Bottles

I have been using SIGG Swiss-made metal reusable water bottles for years. I started when I moved to Northern California in 2008 and added several more in various sizes when I relocated to Western Montana in 2011 for a four-year teaching position in Missoula. I have lost a few over the years and dented othersContinue reading “Sustainable Earth Solutions #1: SIGG Swiss-Made Reusable Metal H2O Bottles”

Vince Guaraldi – A Bay Area Jazz Master

The Definitive Vince Guaraldi 2-disc compact disc collection is available on Amazon. Jazz music from a Bay Area master that is suitable for all ages and times of the day. If there is a more iconic album cover in all of American West Coast jazz history, I have yet to come across it. A nattilyContinue reading “Vince Guaraldi – A Bay Area Jazz Master”

All the Roadrunning, by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris

To call this immortal album a series of duets would be like calling the Bible just another book. All the Roadrunning, by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, is available in multiple formats on Amazon. There are duets. Famous ones, even. And then there is All the Roadrunning. It’s immortality on a shiny compact disc, showcasingContinue reading “All the Roadrunning, by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris”

Tracy Chapman’s Let in Rain – 20 Years (and Many Tears) Later

A hard album to love; an impossible album to forget. Originally published as a review on Amazon. This album is available for purchase on Amazon as well in multiple formats. This is indeed a hard album to love. It took me a full 10 listenings before I was able to embrace it with unabashed affection.Continue reading “Tracy Chapman’s Let in Rain – 20 Years (and Many Tears) Later”

Mark Knopfler’s Sailing to Philadelphia Two Decades Later.

Rediscover the “lost art” of making an album by revisiting this Mark Knopfler classic from 2000. Sailing to Philadelphia by Mark Knopfler is available on Amazon. One of things that live streaming and downloadable songs by demand has tended to obscure is just how beautiful a well crafted album of original music once could be.Continue reading “Mark Knopfler’s Sailing to Philadelphia Two Decades Later.”

Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever – an Appreciation.

Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever is available on Amazon. Moody melodies, quirky turns of phrase, superb supporting cast, & virtuoso guitar tones aplenty. Over the course of a musical career spanning more than five full decades, Mark Knopfler has learned to do three things extremely well. He has become a master storyteller, due inContinue reading “Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever – an Appreciation.”

Golden Songs from a Golden Heart: Reflections of Mark Knopfler’s First Solo Album

It took me ten years to realize how fantastic Mark’s debut solo album, Golden Heart, truly is. That’s right: it took me ten years to realize that “Golden Heart” is an amazing solo debut album by Dire Straits’ frontman, Mark Knopfler, whose father left Hungary to escape the Nazis and whose wife, Kitty Aldridge, mustContinue reading “Golden Songs from a Golden Heart: Reflections of Mark Knopfler’s First Solo Album”

America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek, CA

Episode 2: Bosch Icon wiper blades. Unofficial transcript of a conversation between Amazon.com  founder, Jeff Bezos, and sempervirens117.com founder, Brett Winters.   Jeff: Hi everyone, and welcome to Episode 2 of “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos,” a new Amazon Studios documentary series in which I explore the hidden corners of the American landscape in searchContinue reading “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek, CA”

Big Dreams in the Big Sky

A modest review of John Mayer’s 2013 album, Paradise Valley. Anyone who reviews this album without mentioning “Montana” has clearly missed the point. Dear John, I think that I had to move to Montana to realize what a gifted artist you are. Without the Big Sky, it is all just hot air, isn’t it? CaseContinue reading “Big Dreams in the Big Sky”