It’s the middle of February, and you know what that means: Valentine’s Day, one of the year’s most controversial holidays, is upon us. Similarly celebrated and hated, fussed over or made fun of, this all-sorts saint’s day is nonetheless an inexorability of our buy-or-die culture. Everywhere, from the corner grocery store to the gas station… Continue reading Are You Heart of Hearing?
It’s the same thing every year. Not long before the last pop and fizzle of fireworks has begun to echo over the waterway on the 4th of July, I suddenly realize: summer is coming to an end. Yes, I know that’s melodramatic. Technically speaking, the season is barely two weeks old at that point, with… Continue reading A Mix-Pack of New Music to Make Your Summer Crackle and Pop a Little Longer
This is the time of year when the supporters of self-help, the boosters of betterment, the promoters of purposefulness, and everyone else who exalts in the ethics of uplift, start hymning the glories of making New Year’s resolutions. Oh, joy. The general belief is that the start of a new calendar year affords a kind… Continue reading Glancing Backward, Musically Speaking, in Order to Look Ahead
For those of you who have school-age kids or who work in education, summer probably feels like a distant memory right about now. Nothing like the stench of bus diesel fumes or the frantic honking of a carpool driver to wake you rudely from your blissful California dreaming. However, for the rest of the neighborhood,… Continue reading A Collection of New Songs for Celebrating the Fall of Summer
Road trips can be, well, a trip. Especially when you’re coaxing an ailing, teenage Suburban (a “lead-sled,” as one of my friends called hers recently on Facebook) up I-95 to the New Jersey shore with six passengers whose ages ranged from seven to 70. Oftentimes, music is the key to smooth sailing on such an… Continue reading A Playlist of Indie Summer Songs to Help You Reach (and Rock) the Beach