On a dark stage in 1967, the jazz-rock ensemble Jefferson Airplane perform the song “Crown of Creation” to an enthralled crowd. A large screen flashes a red sun behind the singers as they harmonize. Their voices shimmer and converge into one alchemy of sound as the rhythm guitar pulsates with the light show. The lead […]Read more "The Mule That Kicked down the Barn Door"
I’m doing two songs of the month! This is to make up for lost time. My blog, my rules. Tori Amos performing Precious Things live in 1998. If memory serves, I believe this is the song that launched her career. I love this particular live arrangement. It matches my current smoldering irritation. Just like her […]Read more "Song # 2 – Precious Things – Tori Amos"
Okay – nevermind the fact that my last “song of the month” post was in January of 2020, heh. Uh, yeahhhh, maybe I can make this more of a regular thing??? Like say – oh, geez…. I dunno…. monthly? Heh heh! Can’t stand myself, yo. But I refuse to change the series title! Introduction: Ani […]Read more "Song of The Month – Bubble by Ani DiFranco"
Republish from April 2019. Long ago, I sat in my living room listening to Amnesiac by Radiohead with a head full of LSD. I stared at the fireplace, slack-jawed and wide-eyed, watching the giant stones swirl in geometric patterns. Listening intently, I tried to understand the pops, clicks, and clanks of “Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin […]Read more "The Ghost Returns / How To Disappear Completely"
Have you ever listened to a song for years only to realize one day that you’re wrong about the meaning behind the lyrics? For me, it can totally ruin the song. “Achilles Last Stand” by Led Zeppelin was my battle song. I thought it was about Vikings sailing into battle. I would really get into […]Read more "My Viking Fantasy (Ruined…)"
The 13th Floor Elevators are the best kept secret in the history of 1960’s rock music. My first encounter with The Elevators happened on a primitive version of streaming radio. This station also introduced me to The Who, Eric Burdon, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, and many other acts that I soon became obsessed with. […]Read more "Slip Inside This Dream"
It’s early spring in the Pacific Northwest. Residents are riding a whirlpool between hope and confusion. We have more daylight and the temperature is rising, but the rain persists. We’re perched on the edge of the next phase; hovering between the soul’s potential and winter’s shadow. That’s exactly how it feels within the music of […]Read more "Love’s Magic"
March 23rd 2016 was a special night. A friend and I went to the famous Paramount Theatre in Seattle to experience my favorite band of all time. Buzzed out of my mind on sheer anticipation, I spent the entire night of March 22nd walking around while listening to the entire Smashing Pumpkins catalog on shuffle. […]Read more "Exuberant Joy and the Infinite Night"
Song of the MonthRead more "Song of The Month – “Snap (If I Could)” – Smashing Pumpkins"
The Rise and Fall of The Smashing PumpkinsRead more "Nostaliga and Change"
Remembering Chris Cornell and SoundgardenRead more "Reach Down"