A Fan’s Notes: The Night Before Christmas

I’ve been posting this on Christmas Eve for the last few years. People seem to enjoy it, so I thought I would share it with you again this year. Consider it my little gift to everyone who has been so supportive ...

Boo! The Top 20 Halloween Songs Playlist

If you’re the type of person who leaves Christmas shopping until the very last minute, you’re probably also inclined to wait until just before Halloween to make a super-spooky playlist. In both cases, shame on you!

Fortunately for you, I’m willing to ...

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Folk Festival 2013

The Newport Folk Festival has changed. That change is most apparent in the makeup of the festival audience which these days appears to be people in their teens and 20’s. Producer Jay Sweet has clearly skewed the music to appeal to this ...

10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection

If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices. Everyone has their own ideas about the ...

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Folk Festival 2011

I moved to Jamestown, RI back in January after living in NJ for nearly my entire life. It was an interesting and occasionally difficult transition, but one of the best things about the move was my new proximity to Newport. From ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “When Harry Met Sally…”

Well, here we are: the final Soundtrack Saturday of 2010. To close out the year, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a film whose story not only spans many years in its characters lives, but also sees them through ...

Way Out Wednesday: The Best of Big Daddy

Big Daddy is a musical group with a rather unusual back story. I’ll let the liner notes explain:

While on a USO tour of Southeast Asia in 1959, Big Daddy was captured by ...