Little Richard (1932 – 2020)

The first time I ever got up on stage to sing and play guitar was October 15, 1981 at the Copper Fox Tavern in Oneonta, NY. It was a requirement of the guitar class I was taking in college. I played three songs. Two of them were original, and if the scrawled notes on myContinue reading “Little Richard (1932 – 2020)”

Excess

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake The intense pleasures of youth – sex and drugs and rock’n’roll – take a heavier toll on my body, my mind, and my spirit with every passing year. One of life’s easiest traps is to repeat actions that once brought pleasure even afterContinue reading “Excess”

Pressure

There are three proven ways to relieve pressure: Sex Drugs Rock’n’Roll And when the other two go to shit you can always count on the savage-breast-soothing charms of music. I don’t have a lot of soft spots left but I’ve got one for The Kinks. This song, from their 1981 collection Low Budget, packs justContinue reading “Pressure”

I Know It’s Only Rock’n’Roll

I’m not stupid. Not all the time. So I know it’s only rock’n’roll. But the very thought of it makes my heart beat faster. Every art form is unique. What sets writing apart from its sister artscomes from its solitary nature. Great writing reveals the audience to itself. The inspired reaction is recognition: You feelContinue reading “I Know It’s Only Rock’n’Roll”