Chris Cornell: 1964-2017

I don’t know how to write this one. I just don’t. I know that depression is a terminal disease. If you are lucky, something else will get you first, but sometimes the depression will take you. I know this because bipolar disorder is a terminal disease. I have to actively fight to stay alive. Bulimia … More Chris Cornell: 1964-2017

Soundtrack of My Life: “Full of Grace” by Sarah McLachlan

Twenty years ago was the beginning of a love affair I had with a girl. It’s not like that. It actually had its genesis twenty-five years ago, when the terrible film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was released. Overall it’s an uneven experience. While Paul Reubens and Donald Sutherland give great performances with middling material, … More Soundtrack of My Life: “Full of Grace” by Sarah McLachlan

It Was Always About the Movies: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

I don’t talk or write about film much because I knew I could never write about film as well as Roger Ebert. I’m not talking about his ability to give quick blurbs and four stars. I’m talking about his ability to express, pretty accurately, how I felt about these films. He was a far, far … More It Was Always About the Movies: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Happy New Year!

Hello dear reader! Another year has flown by and I am pretty sure it was not as miserable as my mind made it out to be.  Despite the self-inflicted torture of unrequited love I have decided to mire myself in, I found happiness amidst the anguish. It was a fabulous year in music, and 2013 … More Happy New Year!

Dave Brubeck

I have had a day to think about what I wanted to say about the death of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck yesterday at the age of 91.  I am now going to attempt to see what I can say, and if it makes any sense to anyone but me. I grew up playing piano. The … More Dave Brubeck

Steve Jobs: R.I.P.

I could say something. But really, all I can say is that I played on my grandparents Mac as a child and I would die without my iPod. And Steve Jobs gave me both of those things. So thank you, kind sir, for the music.

This Could Be the Saddest Dusk I’ve Ever Seen

It is completely irrational.  They’re only a band. Many other bands I love have broken up. Many of those bands have gotten back together for reunion tours. I didn’t even cry when the Smiths disbanded, when I was a child and more prone to overreaction. But when the news of R.E.M.’s break-up came over my … More This Could Be the Saddest Dusk I’ve Ever Seen

Thank You

I noticed an uptick in page views earlier when I began to refine the piece I was writing about Stevie Wonder while listening to my slightly (very) warped vinyl copy of Talking Book. Checking stats led me to see that there was a high number of people clicking through from Roger Ebert’s magnificent blog, where … More Thank You