What defines us? Are we defined by our personality? By our choices? Or are we defined by just random events and traits? Those are fair questions but I would tend to think that for each of us we can't be defined the same way as any other person. It's like the old adage "never judge a book by its cover" because until you open that book you can't make an accurate judgement and if you try to and you are wrong then you risk being judged yourself. Right?
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Icon. Pioneer. Genius. Eccentric. Those four simple words define one of the greatest artists of all time and I think that artist is the right label for the man simply known as "Prince." On April 21st, 2016 at 12:10 PM CST I was writing an article about a different artist and then I opened Facebook and all of my thoughts immediately switched gears to the "Artist formerly known as Prince." What?
Monday, April 18, 2016
Music is full of legends and inside of that are the stories of their life that at times are told in their music. At times those legends are caught inside of their own environment or stereotypes which can muddy those legends. All too often those legends aren't legends with just a little afterthought and deep introspective search. What if we looked at those legends and tried to reshape their legend into its proper spot in music? Well?
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I am amazed by the bands I see every year, they are at times some incredibly well known, well established acts and other times they are little known bands. In 2015 I saw 157 different acts perform, and much like a band on a massive tour it becomes cumbersome remembering where I was on a particular date. Sure its possible to remember a music festival or one of the iconic acts but at times it is nothing more than a simple name that sticks out never to be forgotten.
Monday, March 28, 2016
From time to time we all experience little "perks" in our lives, the extra cheese on a pizza without asking, being given a warning instead of a speeding ticket despite our guilt, even the thank you from a stranger for holding a door. We all have those perks but in my little world usually those come along the lines of music. Its a strange world music isn't it? More often or not we hear faceless musicians playing our favorite songs in a heavy rotation on satellite and regular old radio but the perks are a little more rare in those terms. Huh?
Saturday, December 5, 2015
I was in a bar in Rockford, Illinois the first time I heard "Stone Temple Pilots," and knowing me it was while eating nachos at O'Brien's and drinking some God-awful beer. I remember that because of the debate that began to rage between another patron and the bartender, and the fact that I had to get involved. The argument had very little to do with the band itself rather the patron was angry that they were playing such garbage and he went on to argue about how there were no longer any good bands out there performing and as I chimed in I understood the concept of "grunge."
Thursday, November 12, 2015
October is a month where by ghosts, goblins, ghouls and the occasional Presidential candidate goes door-to-door begging for various things. Yes most of those mentioned are looking for gifts of candy, or the occasional popcorn ball, there are somethings in October much, much scarier than a nine year old in a Bernie Sanders mask. Yes it is true that each child, and the occasional Presidential candidate is trying to solicit a piece of candy or two but rarely does the the candy giver ever respond to the demand of the rapscallions and seven year old Trumps. What am I babbling about? Well...