“Don’t Pass Me By” is a rollicking faux country blues honk and the fiddle part is as crazy as Ringo says. It’s charming, funny, and totally Ringo. For a first effort, it’s […]
Freedom of the press means little if audiences are trapped in bubbles
A free press won’t amount to squat as long as it has audiences who hear only what they want to hear, read only what their Facebook-sculpted algorithms tell them to read, and […]
Random thoughts about the record album – part 2: the Beatles up the ante…
“Full grown men, full of emotion and on top of the world. Meet the Beatles.” – Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone (Part 1 here) When Bob Dylan met the Beatles in late August […]
Is Trump right about “fake news”?
Yes and no. Let’s look at the cases of CNN, the New York Times and the Denver Post. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – […]
Cry Baby Cry…darkness in the nursery
“Cry Baby Cry” is exactly what we would expect a nursery rhyme to be: a charming sing-a-long with a dark message at its core. “…I think I got them from an advert […]
Random thoughts about record albums – part 1: Dylan’s LP idea…
…and how the invention of vinyl changed music forever. “I agonized about making a record, but I wouldn’t have wanted to make singles, 45’s – the kind of songs they played on […]
In My Life: Lennon remembers…
There’s something Shakespearean about Lennon’s meditation on life and meaning. “I think ‘In My Life’ was the first song that I wrote that was really, consciously about my life, and it was […]
Carole, Joni, and Carly: sometimes it’s hard to be a woman…
“A young woman in the spring and summer of 1967 was walking toward a door just as that door was springing open. A stage was set for her adulthood that was so […]
Varner outs Zeke: the outrage is reaffirming
A gay man’s assault on a transgender fellow player was stunning. The response by the tribe, the host, the audience, and most importantly the target, gives a little hope to those of […]
Imperial Stormtroopers are precise in exactly which galaxy far, far away?
Did Obi-Wan really really say the blast damage was too accurate and precise for Sandpeople, and that only Imperial Stormtroopers were that good? You’re kidding me, right?