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

The New Normal, the Oscars, and, I'm Happy!

SADHVIHave you noticed how a LOT of people are really into their smartphones these days?  I just got back from Las Vegas, and it was just so weird to see how many folks with their he...more

Sly and The Family Stone - You Haven't Heard it All

Everybody is a StarThe best thing that could have ever happened to me and Sly was the release of the new box set - Sly and the Family Stone, Higher!...more

Composers, Comparisons, & a Light bulb

One of my favorite movies of all time is Amadeus. In my essay, “Music and Beer, (p. 60)” I talk at length about being taken to see that movie by my music teacher when I was a young child, and how the movie began my love affair with classical music and my adoration of the brilliant composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To this day, I feel love anytime I hear any of Mozart’s music or play one of his pieces on my flute....more
I loved AMADEUS too, and think you have named the real point of it. Even if we are not as good ...more