The Perfect Intersection of Friendship & Music

I went to Washington D.C. to see a Mavis Staples concert. You may think that a trip like that is a gratuitous, silly thing to do. I mean after all, why would I travel halfway across the country to see an 82 year-old artist perform? An artist who lives the Chicago area, where I live?Continue reading “The Perfect Intersection of Friendship & Music”

The Perfect Naiveté of “Rocky Mountain High”

“If a bomb hits this building today, John Denver’s back on top.”Paul Simon, during the recording of “We Are the World,” January 28th, 1985 Paul Simon was with the most popular artists of the day, recording a song that would raise millions of dollars to support efforts to feed the hungry in Africa. Paul joinedContinue reading “The Perfect Naiveté of “Rocky Mountain High””

(Nothing But) Flowers, by The Talking Heads

It was 80 degrees here in Chicago the other day, Friday, October 20th. On the same day in 1988, the year “(Nothing But) Flowers” by The Talking Heads was released, it was 50 degrees. Whether you believe in global climate change or not, that is a difference of 30 degrees in 30 years. The Talking HeadsContinue reading “(Nothing But) Flowers, by The Talking Heads”