A Scandinavian wood-chopping cult classic that touches the heart, head, and hands in equal measure: A review of Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood

One of the distinctive features of Lars Mytting’s cult classic, Norwegian Wood, is that is touches the heart, the head, and the hands in equal measure. It’s like an equilibrium triangle of the literary arts, a rare feat in any language. You will want to go out and collect, chop, and stack wood while reading,Continue reading “A Scandinavian wood-chopping cult classic that touches the heart, head, and hands in equal measure: A review of Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood”

Moody melodies, quirky turns of phrase, superb supporting cast, & virtuoso guitar licks aplenty: A reflective review of Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever.

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 in no small part to his early years as a newspaper reporter, English major, and lifelong lover of history. He became a virtuoso guitar playerContinue reading “Moody melodies, quirky turns of phrase, superb supporting cast, & virtuoso guitar licks aplenty: A reflective review of Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever.”

America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos™ Episode 1: Kristall Klar Washer Fluid

Unofficial transcript of a conversation between Amazon founder and world’s wealthiest man, Jeff B., and Amazon Prime member Bradley N. (Recorded live in Harney County, Oregon on January 3, 2021). Jeff: Hi everyone, and welcome to Episode 1 of “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos™,” a new Amazon Studios documentary series, in which I explore theContinue reading “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos™ Episode 1: Kristall Klar Washer Fluid”

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.”