It’s only water in a stranger’s tear

 This song, from Peter Gabriel’s third album is another of those depressingly relevant songs that keeps popping up these days. The album was the third in a row to be titled Peter Gabriel and it is also known as Melt due to its cover photo of Gabriel’s melting face. The sleeve’s designer Storm Thorgerson said:Continue reading “It’s only water in a stranger’s tear”

Genius in our Midst: Crumb

 R. Crumb is a comic artist and a founder of the underground comix movement of the 1960s. Among his creations are Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, and the Keep on Truckin’ dude(s). His album covers include the classic Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company.    Toyota offered Crumb $100,000 to use hisContinue reading “Genius in our Midst: Crumb”

Only A Pawn In Their Game

  In anticipation of a six-part series on The Summer of Love, I’ve been visiting the sources of inspiration behind the explosion of ideas that characterized 1967 in San Francisco. Some of the most profound signposts on the road to the city by the bay can be found in the lyrics of Bob Dylan. AContinue reading “Only A Pawn In Their Game”

The New President

“Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Alfred Pennyworth I’ve had the honor to know several people, beginning with my father, who have stood in the line of fire, in the military, in the police department, and, literally, in the fire department. Their bravery will always be a source of inspiration to me.Continue reading “The New President”