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.”

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.”

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.”

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”

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.”