Music musing

THE CHILLS: THE TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF MARTIN PHILLIPPS

I watched this long-awaited documentary on New Zealand’s finest over the weekend. It’s very, very good, and you don’t have to be a fan of The Chills’ music to enjoy...
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BLACK MUSIC MATTERS

We had our Blackout Tuesday, we put up our black squares in our social media profiles, we showed our solidarity… And now what? Do we white people pat ourselves on...
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GROWING UP GLAM

The following is a piece I wrote for the program of a Glam Rock Tribute Show at City Winery in Manhattan, November 2018… I was eight years old in June...
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AMERICAN UTOPIA

Sunday night I had the incredible pleasure of witnessing David Byrne’s American Utopia tour at the grand Palace Theatre in Albany, NY – and was additionally blessed with a wonderful...
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Christian Matthew is Calling Tom

Some of you may have read my post last year about CHRISTIAN MATTHEW, who I came across in August playing a Sunday lunchtime session at Rooster Fish Brewing up in...
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Send Peace And Harmony Home

Late last year, as part of the research for the forthcoming Eddie Floyd autobiography, I interviewed former Stax Records VP and co-owner Al Bell in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bell, who...
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LANDOWNER

On Saturday March 24th, I stopped in to a “youth” house party in Woodstock that routinely puts on live music – much to the chagrin of its neighbors. The party...
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A Christmas/Holiday Gift For You

THIRTY YEARS AGO, when first in the States, I took to writing short stories at the end of the year, printing them in limited quantities, and mailing them to select...
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