You Help Him, He Blesses You

Part of this process we are all going through, usually categorized under the label “being human,“ consists of those moments when we take stock of the situation, look around, look up, look within, and admit certain things hurt like hell but we’d just as soon not talk about them with anyone. It’s not that we … Continue reading You Help Him, He Blesses You

The Devil and Larry Norman

Sipping whisky from a paper cup You drown your sorrows ‘til you can’t stand up Take a look at what you’ve done to yourself Why don’t you put the bottle back on the shelf Shooting junk ‘til you’re half insane A broken needle in a purple vein Why don’t you look into Jesus He’s got … Continue reading The Devil and Larry Norman

Shooting Arrows Over The Horizon

On a sunny Orange County afternoon some twelve years ago, I was in a bookstore containing (but of course) a large coffee shop upfront. My purpose in being there was to meet up with one Mike Stand, leader of seminal Christian punk rock group the Altar Boys. At the time, Stand’s musical career, at least … Continue reading Shooting Arrows Over The Horizon

A Tale Well Told

I didn’t watch the Oscars this past Sunday. Based on its television ratings, which were the lowest ever for the event, I wasn’t the only one otherwise occupied. Once upon a time I was a voracious consumer of all things awards show related. Back during the same time period I was an equally voracious consumer … Continue reading A Tale Well Told

Mad At The World Brings Some Very Good Hope

Synthpop, it was said during its heyday, was progressive rock for keyboardists who couldn’t play. A tad harsh, but during synthpop’s nascent years, the endless stream of electric blips, beeps, and beats was anything but electric for those wishing to have something more than mindless dance rhythms in their music. You know, things like melody … Continue reading Mad At The World Brings Some Very Good Hope

Today’s Kids Deserve The Chance To Have A Tykus Of Their Own

As I recall, the saying goes that while I may be old, at least I got to see all the cool bands. I suppose that forty years hence the tender teens of today will be muttering about how current bands are an awful atrocious abomination, next fondly playing their cherished golden oldie Arcade Fire or … Continue reading Today’s Kids Deserve The Chance To Have A Tykus Of Their Own

Staring Down

Do you ever wonder why you are where you are at any given moment? Often it doesn’t make sense. We know life is a procession of instances where we learn and/or share what has already been learned, but far too often the sardonic adage of when you’re up to your neck in alligators it’s difficult … Continue reading Staring Down

A Liberation Front That Has Nothing To Do With Politics

In the early to mid 1970s, commercials for Mennen Skin Bracer aftershave were a staple of network television, especially sports programming. The tag line was simple: after the announcer deeply intoned how Skin Bracer’s skin tightner and chin chillers wake you up like a cold slap in the face, a man would slap some on … Continue reading A Liberation Front That Has Nothing To Do With Politics


What does it mean to be genuine? On the surface, that might seem like a rather odd, and obvious, question. Being genuine means being real. It entails authenticity. It incorporates truthful thoughts and emotions, working together with heart, soul, and spirit to be who we actually are, not who we think we are or wish … Continue reading Genuine

As Mercury Is Close To The Bering Sea

Twenty-two years ago, popular music was drenched in and defined by alternative rock. Although grunge was reeling from Kurt Cobain’s suicide the previous year, artists spanning the alt world - Live, Alanis Morrisette, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains - all had number one albums. Even as mainstream artists such as Hootie and the Blowfish … Continue reading As Mercury Is Close To The Bering Sea

The Greatest Lost Metal Band Of All Time

Some years back, alt rock cult favorite Wilco released a song titled “The Late Greats.” It paid homage to a set of fictitious artists, all creators of tremendous albeit unknown musical achievements. The 77s did a cover version of the song that is vastly superior to the original: There are many real life bands and … Continue reading The Greatest Lost Metal Band Of All Time

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

One of the few advantages growing older brings is experience. Experience is routinely discounted by those who have none, sometimes overrated by those who incorrectly perceive themselves as having some, and best recognized by its fruits, ofttimes borne by its faithful sidekick patience. There’s a reason why Scripture tells us love is patient and kind. … Continue reading Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Don’t Lose Heart (An Open Letter to Sister Toldjah)

ST: Hope you don’t mind me saying all this in public. Speaking of which, best I introduce you to folk who, to their loss, aren’t aware of you and your work. ST (short for pen name Sister Toldjah) is a lady of the South; North Carolina to be precise. She was blogging about politics long … Continue reading Don’t Lose Heart (An Open Letter to Sister Toldjah)

Blood and Roses

Two days after the event, I’m still having incredible difficulty processing the thought that Smithereens lead vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Pat DiNizio is gone. DiNizio had been fighting some major health issues for the past several years, but to lose him at 62 seems almost criminal. The Smithereens were never a huge commercial success. They never had an … Continue reading Blood and Roses

In Praise Of The Unappreciated

In most every area of life, there’s a seeming perpetual second fiddle; someone or something that while garnering a certain amount of acclaim is always viewed as the poor man’s version of whoever, or whatever, is the high profile high roller. This happens a lot in music, where an artist in a given genre no … Continue reading In Praise Of The Unappreciated