Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

With the first round of Democratic debates over, it’s become clear that the party has begun to slide to the left. Whether that’s been by design or by force is up for debate. There is even talk that, for the first time, the Democrats may find themselves with a true “progressive” leading the party, as opposed to a classical liberal Democrat. But first things first, … Continue reading Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50 and sixty percent of those deaths are attributable to opioids. It almost goes without saying that in America, the abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. Independent of the emotional toll addiction takes on family, friends and colleagues it’s costly to the federal and state governments that have to deal … Continue reading All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

New Writing and I’m Lazy

Greetings and salutations! I’ve got new writing up at a few places and I’m getting ready to travel again for work so won’t have the time to post them here. In the event you didn’t know, I’m HUGE in Italy. I’m writing for a Italian news magazine and site, il Giornale. They’re the fifth largest newspaper in Italy (yea, how’s that for impressive). They’ve launched … Continue reading New Writing and I’m Lazy

Lou Reed – Rocker, Poet, Artist . . . Educator?

Then one fine morning, she put on a New York station She couldn’t believe what she heard at all She started dancing to that fine-fine music Ahh, her life was saved by rock ’n’ roll – “Rock and Roll” Lou Reed Music can save you because the power of good music is that it can transcend. . . everything. Lou Reed wrote some good music. And six … Continue reading Lou Reed – Rocker, Poet, Artist . . . Educator?

Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)

While visiting my cousins’ years ago, in New York City, I got a broader exposure to music. In between, uh, “cigarettes”, I also got a brief history of the E Street Band. Including who Steven Van Zandt, Miami Steve and Little Steven was. Somehow Little Steven’s first solo album, Men Without Women, came out, made its way onto the turntable and one of my cousins … Continue reading Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)

Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?

One of the primary argument’s for globalization was that it would bring many aspects of the world closer. Be it political, economic or cultural, in essence, globalization would make the world “smaller”. And yet, as recently as 20 years ago, the world seemed so big. Especially in the search for good music. Perhaps I am waxing nostalgic, but it seemed you had to work for … Continue reading Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?

Donald Trump: Four More Years?

President Donald Trump isn’t an unwitting, brainwashed assassin in the same way that Sargent Raymond Shaw was in The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worse. Donald Trump is real. And he’s being manipulated and guided by people who may have taken the time to read Richard Condon’s book or at least watched either John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film or Jonathan Demme’s 2004 re-make. During his first 11 months … Continue reading Donald Trump: Four More Years?

Manic Street Preachers

If you live in America, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers are one of the better rock bands you’ve probably never heard of. As near as I can tell, it seems that 2010’s Postcards from A Young Man was the last album that had any physical distribution here in the United States. And streaming services are marginally better for what’s offered here in the states. Radio airplay has … Continue reading Manic Street Preachers

Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill is not your parents liberal journalism. The Intercept_ was founded in 2014 by First Look Media. A non-profit company funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and “…built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture”. Its current editors are Betsy Reed, Glenn Greenwald and … Continue reading Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

The musical landscape on which Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in February of 1978 was diverse. The Bee Gees were at their apogee and Peter Frampton was the guitar god of the moment. A Sisyphean task if ever there was one because Van Halen was equal parts Black Sabbath and Rick James (with just a flare of Elton John). Sure, now we can say … Continue reading Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)

A few years ago, I made the bold claim that Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her show Fleabag would change television. I wasn’t entirely wrong. While the first series of Fleabag (Brits call seasons “series”) on Amazon Prime failed to create a groundswell, Hollywood did take notice. Waller-Bridge landed plum roles in Goodbye Christopher Robin and a sweet Star Wars franchise role as L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars … Continue reading Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)