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 !!!”

Christmas comes once a year, but Craig Chaquico’s magical holiday music will last forever.

Seriously, how hard must it be to craft a creative album of Christmas and winter holiday music? Craig makes it seem almost easy. At first listening, you are struck by how much of this music isn’t Christmas-y at all. It’s blues. It’s jazz. It’s New Age. It’s classic Chaquico, in other words, but with anContinue reading “Christmas comes once a year, but Craig Chaquico’s magical holiday music will last forever.”

Amazon Investigations Case#18.12.20_01: suspicious 5 star review of Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars.

Confidential transcript of a recorded conversation that took place at an undisclosed location in San Mateo County, California on December 18, 2020 between Amazon Investigative Team A3b and Amazon Prime customer, Bradley N. Amazon IT-A3b: Hello, Bradley N. Please have a seat. We will be recording this conversation. Is that OK with you? Bradley: Yes,Continue reading “Amazon Investigations Case#18.12.20_01: suspicious 5 star review of Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars.”

My Yogi Daily Affirmation

Friday, December 18, 2020 “Life is a Gift: Choose it Wisely.” I like to begin each weekday morning in wintertime 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 myContinue reading “My Yogi Daily Affirmation”

A son’s maternal bond made meaningful to all through the collective sweetness of sound and song.

A retrospective music review of Mandolin Orange, Tides of a Teardrop. By now, we’ve all heard about live streaming, blogging, and tweeting almost anything, from the Oscars to the Super Bowl to the 2020 Presidential elections results and their protracted aftermath. But what about live stream reviewing an album of filled with meditative music whileContinue reading “A son’s maternal bond made meaningful to all through the collective sweetness of sound and song.”

Madame X: An act of artifice and authenticity as only a true artist like Madonna can create.

There are no lyrics in the liner notes to Madame X; only images of a majestic mother in motion. Madonna is, at her core, a dancer. When she sings, she moves in time to the music. She feels rhythms and senses beats, she surfs the latest trends but also has a deep aesthetic sensibility thatContinue reading “Madame X: An act of artifice and authenticity as only a true artist like Madonna can create.”

My Yogi Daily Affirmation

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 “Uncage Your Heart, Free Your Heart, Let it Be Wild.” 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 startContinue reading “My Yogi Daily Affirmation”

Songs From the Woods: A Reflective Review of Blindfaller, by Mandolin Orange.

Several years ago, I attended a fantastic live performance by Mandolin Orange, who were then on tour promoting their new album, Blindfaller. The concert took place at the Old Barn on the grounds of Sonoma Valley’s historic Gundlach Bundschu Winery in November of 2017, as the sun was setting over the burn-scarred surrounding mountains. ItContinue reading “Songs From the Woods: A Reflective Review of Blindfaller, by Mandolin Orange.”