Program note – Showtime is premiering a documentary tonight (2/10/18) called Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. You KNOW I’m watching that. Tin Pan Alley gets its name from the tin-panny sounds of pianos that are banged and rattled there by night and day as … Continue reading Tin Pan Alley and the “Brill Building Sound”
Being a periodic brain dump of miscellaneous stuff that doesnt seem to quite fit anywhere else. ►Earlier this month, a guy named Rick Hall died at the age of 85. If that name is unfamiliar to you, he is the guy that started FAME studios in … Continue reading Fake News and Alternative Facts
Well, despite the best efforts of both our beloved (?) president and the madman across the water in North Korea, anyone reading this has apparently made it through another year. Congratulations. I don’t have anything particularly intelligent to say here. What else is new, you … Continue reading Happy New Year?
Nobody pictured above actually has a song in this post. I just dug the picture. In Part One of my magnum opus (heh!), I pondered whether rock was still a viable life force or if like ’40’s big band music, it was dying on the … Continue reading The State of Rock Today – Part II
“Yeah, rock is dead. Not that it can’t come back to life, but the business is dead. If the business is dead, rock is dead. —-Gene Simmons in Rolling Stone I’m not a Kiss fan but I quote Simmons here because A) his thoughts mirror … Continue reading The State of Rock Today
I may be part of a dying breed of people who even care about guitar solos. But I love ’em. I play guitar but I loved solos long before I knew which end of the thing to hold. In fact it was the desire to … Continue reading What I Listen For In a Guitar Solo
☛Rolling Stone confirms that the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is “finally happening.” (Were I forced to use one of their songs for a title, I might have preferred We Will Rock You.) Am I the only person who was unaware this movie was ever supposed … Continue reading Random Observations and Alternative Facts