Play it again, Mom

Often, on a long car ride, I hear a polite voice from the backseat of the car, asking, "Mom, can you turn on my music now, please?" So, I switch on my son's music, and I am missing out on a great opportunity....more

Mujer Revolucionaria fuerte, bella y valiente .. "Arriba Mèxico Cabrones" ..

Last night a clock radio saved my life

Sometimes I'm not entirely sure how I became such an OCD freak about music.Neither of my parents was really into music (my dad liked 70s folk/rock/pysch stuff and my mom's tastes skewed mainly soft rock)....more

Flamenco, My first 12 Years

Interview with Jazz Vocalist Giacomo Gates

Jazz From Aspen interview:  GIACOMO GATES“In this kind of music it’s about intention, honesty and what comes through in your voice – the Experience of Life” – Giacomo Gates “If it don’t feel right, then there’s probably something wrong”  (attributed to some of the jazz greats, Monk, Miles, Duke, Louie Armstrong)...more

Confidential to My Enemies: Tips on How to Kill Me

My Favorite Albums of All Time   This post has been in progress for many years. I have added, deleted, reorganized, and edited my selections countless times. If you ask for my favorite albums, I have ten questions to qualify the list before I can even begin to answer. What’s my mood? Am I at work or at home? Am I driving? In commuting traffic or on a road trip? What’s the weather like? Am I alone or with someone? So many variances…and unique sets of circumstances....more

Bill O'Reilly throws serious moon-sized shade to Lady Beyonce. And maybe this time, he's right

Oh big whoop, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t have anything nice to say about AfricanAmerican pop stars. This time he has pushed his hate-odometer to the socially acceptable standard for black women, Lady Bey herself, or Sasha Fierce, or Mrs. Carter, or Jay Z’s baby mama – or whatever they’re coining her today....more

"I Don't Want to Listen to Johnny Cash Today, Daddy" (and Other Country Music Songs Beggin' To Be Written)

They will each have 3 stanzas, like all good country songs."Mama, Don’t Be Funny (You’re Driving Me Nuts)" "She Doesn't Look Like She's Wearing Clothes (She Looks Like She's Been Bedazzled)" "It’s Just Like Ozark (Just a Little Farther Away)" "Santa Claus Ain't Coming (If You Don't Clean Up Your Room)" "He Was an Outcast among the Rejects (In the Shade of the Penske Truck)" "I’m So Excited about Sleeping Late (I’m Going to Bed Early Toni-ight)"...more