A music review of Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis (2010).

Musical celebrities come and go, but true artists will wait around for you forever. It took me an inordinate amount of time to realize that Sheryl is a true artist with considerable musical abilities, and not merely a megastar celebrity. I blame myself, of course, but also the media. Whenever I tuned in to commercialContinue reading “A music review of Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis (2010).”

A retrospective music review of Craig Chaquico, Midnight Noon (2004).

Higher Octave albums are rarely as astonishing as this Chaquico classic. To say that the album, Midnight Noon, which Craig released when he was approaching 50 years of age, is not my all-time favorite of his Higher Octave music releases is like saying that Sleepy isn’t my favorite of the Seven Dwarves. I mean, youContinue reading “A retrospective music review of Craig Chaquico, Midnight Noon (2004).”

A music review of Craig Chaquico and Russ Freeman, From the Redwoods to the Rockies.

Collaborations between top musicians like Russ Freeman and Craig Chaquico are rarely as sublime as this. Many a famous musician, especially as they get older, has tried to partner with another, well known musician to make an album together. Madonna is a prime example, particularly since she turned 50 and began to associate herself withContinue reading “A music review of Craig Chaquico and Russ Freeman, From the Redwoods to the Rockies.”

An open letter to Ani DiFranco after listening to her 2017 album, Binary. A lot.

The numbers don’t lie, Ani; I did the math. Binary is an act of transmogrification. Ani, it really does pencil out. Great artists frequently do their best, most transformational work in their mid to late 40s. The fans often fail to appreciate the originality and maturity of the resulting work, having grown up on theContinue reading “An open letter to Ani DiFranco after listening to her 2017 album, Binary. A lot.”

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.”

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.”

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.”