Steely Dan Live!

For nearly 50 years, Steely Dan was principally Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, augmented by a constantly changing cast of session and touring musicians. For much of that time, Steely Dan did not tour, by their own choice. Late in their career, when new records did not sell, touring I suspect helped to pay the … More Steely Dan Live!

Innovative Guitarists

Let’s assume Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Duane Allman are in the discussion for best guitarists, however you would rank them. Let’s look at some other innovative and versatile guitarists. These players are responsible for defining the sound of their bands, or their own trademark … More Innovative Guitarists

Mannix Revisited

My previous Mannix blog took a look across the eight seasons. Here, I want to revisit the series, focusing on seasons one and two. Why? Watching these episodes again on FETV, from the first episode forward, I was able to see a linear progression in the series. You also see a series of cool looking … More Mannix Revisited

Pearl Jam (Part 2)

Thirty years of Pearl Jam. I thought it would be fun to look at their first album, Ten, and their most recent studio release, Gigaton. These two albums couldn’t be more different. Initially, the brooding, aggressive sound of this band did not register with me. However, I love many brooding, aggressive bands, the case here … More Pearl Jam (Part 2)

The Wheel

Round and round, floating off the ground Why must we run, with each morning sun Huffing like a gadfly, trying to leap high No matter how we feel, up on the wheel Life in a slump, grounded by a speed bump Every day the same, tie score in the game This plight is real, the … More The Wheel

Hole in the World

There’s a hole in the world today It’s noticeable and leaking love Now she’s an angel in flight Peace and hope on the wings of a dove – There’s a hole in our hearts today Releasing a river of pain and sadness Shock gives way to harsh reality Taking a good one is such madness … More Hole in the World