Pardon Me? Why Should Mark Wahlberg Be Pardoned For His Racial Hate Crimes?

[Update 12/12/2014: The Daily Mail reports that the one of the men beaten by Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Trihn says he was blinded in one eye while fighting in the Vietnam War and now would like to see Wahlberg get a pardon. --Grace] Pardon me, Mark Wahlberg? ...more
Dorchester was a rough place for Mark Wahlberg growing up and the odds were stacked against him. ...more

2015: The Year of Gratifyingly Grating Grammy Nominations

Imagine my delight as I woke up this morning to a partial list of this year's Grammy nominations. It's a special time of year when nods are given to movies, music, and television, affording us the opportunity to cheer (and jeer) as we see fit. I had a whole lot of fun with music this year, allowing myself, in the darkened corners of my office, hidden from the prying eyes of the public, to download songs at will. Any songs I wanted. ...more
I don't listen to any that were mentioned in this article but I'm glad that Jack White was ...more

Van Morrison's Lyrics In A Book

"The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey"-- Van Morrison...more

Blind Guitarist Raul Midón Releases Soulful Ballad Mi Amigo Cubano on YouTube

Are you ready to discover the Latin soul? Raul Midón captures it in his latest song “Mi Amigo Cubano,” which can be viewed on YouTube at:, with every gentle strum of his guitar, the power of his vocal trumpet sounds, and nostalgia of his Spanish lyrics. Left blind after being put in an incubator as an infant without proper eye protection, Midón used music as a way to reconnect with himself as well as the world around him, including his Latin roots....more

Mindful Thoughts 'A Widow's Song'

A Widow's Song'...more

10 Secrets You Don't Know About Peter Pan

This Thursday, December 4, NBC will attempt to duplicate the success of their 2013, live Sound of Music broadcast by airing a 21st Century version of a 20th century classic.  The live telecast of Peter Pan stars Allison Williams (Girls) and Christian Borle (Smash), with voice-over by Minnie Driver (About a Boy), and something we all need more of in our lives, a singing, dancing Christopher Walken. ...more
Very interesting! And I'm apprehensively looking forward to tonight.more

NaBloPoMo December: Day 1 (Call Me Al!) way to kick-off this month's #joy theme. This song always reminds me of my best friend K and I dancing around the local supermarket of our college town. Whenever I hear it, I just have to start moving and smiling.Do you have a song that does that for you?   ...more

Blog Roundup - November 2014

Here's what happened at The Cocoknot Theori last month.

A Thanksgiving Moment

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and we’re really thankful for some of the opportunities we received this year. Here are some of the moments we are thankful for:...more

Review: Wolf in the White Van by John Darnielle

I count John Darnielle among my go-to muses; a prophet of dread who delivers lines like, “I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow, I hope it bleeds all day long” with enough sincerity to make you feel the slippery trickle of blood down your own cheek. He’s the front-man for the prolific indie-folk band, The Mountain Goats. When the release date was announced for his first novel I itched for its arrival like Darnielle craves Lovecraftian doomsdays in his songs....more