America, the Beautiful

One of the first things I thought of when I saw the spontaneous outpouring of emotion that followed the news that Joe Biden had defeated Donald Trump was the importance of music to the celebration. The power of music – to express joy, to comfort sorrow, to inspire the best in us – is overwhelmingContinue reading “America, the Beautiful”

Vote For Me

Two-Tone was a short-lived musical movement that came from the West Midlands of England, combining ska and punk in songs that are equal parts socially conscious and danceable. The two tones are black and white and the musical movement was virulently anti-racist, in sharp contrast to the skinhead punks, whose ranks included many white nationalists.Continue reading “Vote For Me”

Observations – Track 7

Track 7 – Bad One afternoon, around 3:00, I was home alone, with that weird combination of boredom and anxiety that rears its head on the lost days, and as I popped open a beer I thought, I know it’s bad, baby Baby, I know it’s bad I mean no harm but I know peopleContinue reading “Observations – Track 7”

Observations – Track 4

Track 4 – Let That Bird Fly Away This is the oldest recording on the album, performed in that distant, pre-Covid world. It is one of the few songs I have recorded with a drum machine and I thought it made a nice change of pace in the middle of this collection. It came fullyContinue reading “Observations – Track 4”