Author: Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a writer, teacher, wage earner, and all-around evil genius who spends most of his time holed up in his cluttered compound in central PA. His favorite color is ultramarine blue. His imaginary band Mr. Vertigo tours every summer. You can follow Rob on Twitter, if you desire.
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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Paul Stanley, “Hold Me, Touch Me”

I’ve long had a man-crush on soft spot in my heart for Paul Stanley, Kiss’ lead vocalist and most musical member. ...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for… Radiohead

You wouldn’t know it by reading the following, but Uncle Donnie is afraid of British people.  Thought the Beatles were going to...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Tommy Shaw, “Lonely School”

Maybe eight or ten years ago, if you’d wanted to make some pretty decent money on a minimal investment, all you had to do was find a...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for… Tupac Shakur

Hip-hop music is not typically Uncle Donnie’s thing, nor is hip-hop slang, nor hip-hop fashion. Basically, Uncle Donnie doesn’t...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Motley Crue, “You’re All I Need”

Bands like Rush and AC/DC wear as a badge of honor the fact that they’ve never written or performed a power ballad. I love them both,...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for… Michael Jackson

Seems Uncle Donnie has recently taken a shine to the King of Pop; this particular missive was near the top of the Skwatzenschitz...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Scorpions, “Still Loving You”

Bands like Rush and AC/DC wear as a badge of honor the fact that they’ve never written or performed a power ballad. I love them both,...

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Music, Power Ballads

Death by Power Ballad: Stryper, “Honestly”

Bands like Rush and AC/DC wear as a badge of honor the fact that they’ve never written or performed a power ballad. I love them both,...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for… Jimmy Buffett

Here’s another missive from the Skwatzenschitz archives, which I explained a bit last time. I’m not sure how Jimmy Buffett...

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Music, Unsolicited Career Advice

Unsolicited Career Advice for… David Bowie

You never know when your college friends may become useful professional contacts. One night 17 years ago, Lev Skwatzenschitz and I found...

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Music

NYC Benefit Alert: Kelly Buchanan

In March of this year, independent singer/songwriter Kelly Buchanan suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing street hockey at a rink...