American Pie, by Don McLean

We tell stories, and we share remembrances. We get together with friends and we fondly recall times when we were all younger together. We share common experiences and recollections. We tell the same stories we have always told, maybe adding a layer of exaggeration and truth-bending with every retelling. The stories get bigger. They getContinue reading “American Pie, by Don McLean”

Two Perfect Songs. Two Imperfect Lives.

There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says “Man plans, and God laughs.” Whatever we think our life will be, whatever preconceived notions we may have, our actual life will probably be something far different than what we have imagined. The history of rock and roll music is riddled with songwriters letting their imagination run wild.Continue reading “Two Perfect Songs. Two Imperfect Lives.”

No Need to Feel Guilty!

By Guest Blogger Michael Shapiro There are certain movies that people consider “Remote Drops,” those timeless and re-watchable movies from throughout our lives that we come across when flipping channels and reflexively make us drop the remote and watch for the umpteenth time. Depending on your taste, your Remote Drop might be a classic likeContinue reading “No Need to Feel Guilty!”

Jesus Walks, by Kanye West

Most people I know (you know, middle-aged suburban folk like me) have a strong dislike for hip-hop artist Kanye West. He is fantastically egotistical and abrasive. He is famously contrarian and needlessly controversial. His words and actions regularly cause friction and anger. He chooses to live loudly in the spotlight, driving flashy sports cars, marryingContinue reading “Jesus Walks, by Kanye West”