“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”


I watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show long after it had left the air ( the show ended two months before I was born). It was at my maternal grandparents house over one summer. They had Nick At Nite on their cable package. I also watched some of The Dick Van Dyke show while I was there, … More “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

“I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.”


This one really hurts. I can remember the first time I saw Debbie Reynolds. I was five. I was supposed to be in bed, but I had sneaked into my parents bedroom to watch TV while they were in the basement watching their own show. I didn’t know what was on, I didn’t care. I … More “I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.”

“I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.”


I have never seen Star Wars as a complete movie. I fall asleep, usually within half an hour, or I enter some bizarre trance and cannot recall seeing it at all. I’m aware of it, of course. My brothers are both fanatics, as most guys born between 1960 and 1985 are. I’d rather watch Star Trek. So … More “I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.”

“There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find.”


Wham! is one of my first music memories. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” is such an iconic song, not just in my life, but in the world in general. A fluffy little dance pop number,but so catchy and ridiculously memorable. I was seven when it was a huge hit. And then Faith. People forget how … More “There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find.”

“Fear connotes something that interferes with what you’re doing.”


I’m not a space junkie. I’m more of a fantasy person than a sci-fi person. I’ve never really seen Star Wars. I’m dazzled by the phenomena space can bring us, but I’m also aware it’s a giant vacuum ready to consume us all if it wanted to. That’s why astronauts are special people. They wander … More “Fear connotes something that interferes with what you’re doing.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen… and John Cale… and Jeff Buckley… And Rufus Wainwright… and k.d. lang…


The world is bleak. There has been little of the past few years of my life that has lent itself to hope and optimism, and the one thing I had hope and optimism about backfired spectacularly. This reinforced what I had always been told about myself, both by actual people and what my unending internal … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen… and John Cale… and Jeff Buckley… And Rufus Wainwright… and k.d. lang…

“I love you in a place where there’s no space and time.”


Give me a man with a piano, and I will show you devotion. Leon Russell. He wrote some beautiful songs. He mentored Elton John. He tagged along with Joe Cocker, played with Delaney and Bonnie. He was a studio musician throughout the sixties, as part of the legendary Wrecking Crew. He played on Pet Sounds. … More “I love you in a place where there’s no space and time.”

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”


I can’t find the words. I cried. God, how I cried. I curled up on my bed and cried until my eyes could no longer produce tears. But my body still rocked from sobs even then. I couldn’t stop. Maybe my already fractured state I couldn’t take one more loss, one more piece of sadness. … More “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Alan Rickman- “There’s a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.”


The hits just keep on coming. In my house, Snape is king, more so than any other Harry Potter character. Not just because he’s a misunderstood misfit. It’s because Alan Rickman played him, and Alan Rickman is this household’s favourite actor. It goes beyond Snape, trust me. I still love Hans Gruber, with his Euro … More Alan Rickman- “There’s a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.”

David Bowie -“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”


I’m still walking around stunned by the news of David Bowie’s death. I haven’t been able to fully process it.  I’ve tried to write something for days, as shock and sadness propelled me into a bout of insomnia. Words left me. I couldn’t even attempt to put a sentence together. Denial is beginning to turn … More David Bowie -“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”

Lou Reed: 1942-2013


Lou Reed was a notorious asshole. I mean, music writers all have legendary tales about trying to interview Lou Reed. Most of these stories end up with Lou storming off or insulting said writer to the point the writer leaves.  He was a cantankerous bastard. But his being an asshole to music writers was seriously … More Lou Reed: 1942-2013

J.J. Cale 1938-2013


Songwriter, singer, and guitarist J.J. Cale has passed away at the age of 74. He famously wrote “Cocaine”, memorably covered by Eric Clapton, but I always preferred Cale’s version. A live version below.

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)

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

Hitch


“The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks,” -Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011 So long. Farewell. And thanks for the words you wrote.

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.