In my story “Gleason Snickell and the Search for Love”, twelve-year-old Gleason plots with his nine year old neighbor to run away from home, mainly because they were feeling the pain of neglect of a dysfunctional family. It wasn’t because dad was an alcoholic, or that mom turned tricks when she should have been helping […]
I’m typing this now. I’ve been practicing on and off for 50 years. I should be good. I suck. I’m of the opinion that I simply can’t improve from where I am. I seem to be at the great wall of Hermes with no gate or doorway in site. I cannot break through. My fingers […]
I remember practicing my drums to a ‘Under my Thumb’ from the 1966 release of Aftermath. That was a long time ago. Who would have thought that that very same group would still be recording, and releasing a fresh new batch of old blues standards, sounding as good, if not better, than they did in […]
If you’ve ever watched The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you’ve seen John Baptiste. He’s Colbert’s bandleader, pianist, mellotron aficionado that quietly, but very masterfully, brings the Jazz out of the The Late Show’s house band – Stay Human. I hadn’t heard of him before Colbert- but heck, he’s just a kid practically!
How long have people been playing musical instruments? Who first decided to start singing instead of shouting? In schools, music programs are almost always the first to get the budget ax, symbolizing the low regard some communities have for its importance. According to Jeremy Montagu, of the University of Oxford, says that music is human […]
It’s been a year since Leon Russell passed and we all still miss him. Leon Russell has always been one of my major influences. The silver long hair and mirrored sunglasses aside, Russell’s keyboard style and performance charisma were traits to be admired among other keyboardists. In the early days with Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton […]