Category: Music

At what age do you stop finding new music?

At what age do you stop finding new music?
One of my favorite ongoing discussions is when do you stop finding new music. Age thirty seems to be the magic number. I feel it’s even younger. I always say it’s when you graduate college. The reasons are basically the same no matter the age. In those early years, you have a lot more free time and... Read more »

A long night with Bob Dylan

A long night with Bob Dylan
It was an old voice at a new building. What could go wrong? Bob Dylan, the poet of my generation, opened up the new Wintrust Arena, in Chicago’s McCormick Place area. The building itself looks beautiful on the outside. It was nicely lit up in purple lights…very attractive. And then you walked inside and blah. Plain.... Read more »

The connection of homelessness, music and gratitude

The connection of homelessness, music and gratitude
Imagine you’re living in a homeless shelter. You’re staying with three dozen other people. Three dozens other strangers. It’s not a normal way to live. It’s easy to find yourself depressed and in a state of despair. It’s hard to find a lot of positives. It’s hard to be grateful. Yet it always amazes me that... Read more »
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I didn't realize I was a big Tom Petty fan

I didn't realize I was a big Tom Petty fan
It seems like Tom Petty was always around. It didn’t matter where you were or what you were doing, Tom Petty was somewhere close by. That’s how I always thought about him. He was never one of my go-to musicians but more as background music. If I heard one of his songs on the radio, I wouldn’t... Read more »

Do you have musicians you want to see in concert before they or you die?

The Fab Faux is considered one of the best Beatles tribute bands. They're led by Will Lee, who played for more than 30 years with the David Letterman band, and Jimmy Vivino, the bandleader for Conan O'Brien. They'll be playing in Chicago in early October and for $40, I'll probably be able to take this one off the list.
In the last few years, musicians have been dying off in what seems to be record numbers. David Bowie. Glenn Frey. Prince. Lou Reed, Keith Richards….oh wait Keith is still here. But you get the point. The musicians of my generation are now in their seventies or close to it so their shelf life is... Read more »

Stevie Nicks and the circle of life

Stevie Nicks and the circle of life
Good music makes you nod your head and tap your feet. It can be as simple as a guitar, piano, violin or a drum beat. Great music is deeper. It makes you relate to it. It brings back memories of your past. It reaches you. It makes you feel….good or bad. It gets down into your soul.... Read more »
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Music for an eclipse

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We're hoping for a "Sunny Afternoon" but I'm afraid it will be mostly cloudy.
We’re just hours away from the eclipse. People are traveling all over the world to see the sun and moon come together. For some of us, it’ll be our last chance to witness this phenomenon. It’s easy to find a viewing party….and if there’s a party, there needs to be music. Here’s some tunes to... Read more »

The Whorification of Wrigley Field

The Whorification of Wrigley Field
It was September 4, 2005. Jimmy Buffett played the first of two shows at Wrigley Field, in Chicago. Wrigley had been used as a home field for other sports teams besides the Cubs. The Chicago Bears of the NFL and the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League had played their games there. This... Read more »

Glen Campbell: Hit songs on which he played guitar

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Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson needed better musicians to perform his dreams. He found Campbell and The Wrecking Crew to do this. They played on many of the Beach Boys recordings including Pet Sounds, which is considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time. We start with "Help Me Rhonda"
Glen Campbell died today at age 81, after a six year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. To say his career was legendary would be an understatement. He released more than seventy albums, sold forty-five million records, which included twelve gold and four platinum albums. He won ten Grammy’s, including the 1968 Album of The Year for... Read more »
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Life's Been Good To Me So Far: The Theme Song of Gratitude

Life's Been Good To Me So Far: The Theme Song of Gratitude
They say I’m crazy but I have a have a good time I’m just looking for clues at the scene of the crime Life’s been good to me so far. Friday night, I was at a memorial gathering for a friend/colleague who died last week. It was his second bout with Cancer and this time... Read more »
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