STM: Will the Revolution Be Unfriended?

“We are all one. We are the people.” Is there any point in indulging in escapism when the reality of Trumpism is blunt, unavoidable, and tweeted upon us on a daily basis? In times like these, the arts, specifically music, feel like a guilty pleasure. On occasion, however, music has hollered from the rooftops (love […]

STM: Epicenter – Songs of Family

“Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”   The three immutable influences of my life are Edith and my parents, each representing a plethora of familial remembrances and spiritual guideposts that define: who I strove to become, who I am today, and how I will be revered […]

STM: Songs About the Open Road

American mythology begins with the vast unknown places discovered on the open road. Vastness is at the root of the Americas in both continents but, especially, in the United States. Me, I absolutely love the romantic idealism of freedom on that open black top and I’ve highlighted a few favorite tunes that keep me company along […]

Ten Years of Music and Marriage

Feliz aniversario, mi Querida.  Today, my wife and I are celebrating ten years of marriage. Unlike Social Distortion’s, “Ball and Chain,” it’s been an outstanding decade living with Edith. Still, I really dig Social D’s snarling and miserable ode to the institution. I will spare you the expected clichés and sappy sentiment. Instead, this is a music […]

Lucy Dacus’ “Trust” Arises From a Pyre

Way back in the 80s when I had no confidence in the ability to write, I took a pile of spiral notebooks and, in a similar way, did what Lucy Dacus confesses in “Trust.” Rather than setting aflame and relegating an innate yearning to write for the dustbin, prose has become an enduring light. And it is artists […]

We Could’ve Got So High

On occasion, I like to listen to music at work while I type out the latest corporate email or blog. I love my job because finding the right voice for someone you are trying to represent has its own challenges. Sometimes, you hit the mark and, other times, you get crickets responding to your content. […]