No Tricking: Here's an Altogether Ooky Grab-bag of Treats for Your Halloween

I know it sounds kinda scary to say, but Halloween is my favorite American holiday. Or at least it tops the list of Holidays-With-No-Purpose — that is, celebrations that we all celebrate for no reason other than celebrating something. I mean, does anybody really care what Halloween’s all about? I realize there are lots of… Continue reading No Tricking: Here's an Altogether Ooky Grab-bag of Treats for Your Halloween

Are You Heart of Hearing?

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?

Glancing Backward to Look Forward

Because the month of January (named for the two-headed ancient god, Janus) teeters on the fence between the old year and the new, it offers a distinct vantage point for glancing backward at what has been, as a way to predict what may be lurking up ahead. In other words, it’s a time for deciding whether… Continue reading Glancing Backward to Look Forward

A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats

Scribbleskiff is sitting in dry-dock for a spell. We’re taking some time away from the business of busyness to rest and clear out the scuppers, so to speak, to restock our supplies, chart new courses, and ready ourselves for the next adventure. For instance, we’re keeping our weather eye trained on the approaching, unusually large waves… Continue reading A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats

In January, We Say Hello & Goodbye

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings. Often depicted with two heads — or, more unnervingly, with one head and two faces — Janus had the ability to look forward and backward at the same time. Which seems a fitting namesake for a month that straddles the… Continue reading In January, We Say Hello & Goodbye

A Year-end Wrap-up for Holiday Wrapping

If you live life according to Gregory’s calendar, as we do in our little corner of the world, then you’ve likely noticed by now that we’ve reached December, the final (and, at this moment, coldest) month of the year. As such, December ushers in a season of conclusions, a time for tallying, wrapping-up, and tying-off.… Continue reading A Year-end Wrap-up for Holiday Wrapping

A Mix-Pack of New Music to Make Your Summer Crackle and Pop a Little Longer

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

Lifting My ‘Rule of Two’ to Buy Elvish, Bordello Music That’s Out of This World

Rarely do I purchase full-lengths anymore. It’s become necessary (and, well, funner) to simply cherry-pluck a few songs from amid the muckle of platters on the market. Being on a limited budget is, of course, the main contributing factor to this behavior. I download as many (legitimately) free mp3s as I can; most record labels these… Continue reading Lifting My ‘Rule of Two’ to Buy Elvish, Bordello Music That’s Out of This World

When It Comes to Some Tribute Records, Mature Imitation May Be Most Flattering

As T. S. Eliot once famously remarked, regarding the nature of talent and artistic development, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” And although Eliot was lashing out against critics who accused his allusive poem The Waste Land of mere plagiarism, he was also providing a valuable template for any would-be artist, whether bard or bass… Continue reading When It Comes to Some Tribute Records, Mature Imitation May Be Most Flattering

A Bouquet of 10 New Songs for Spring

When is a selection of new music like a flower garden? Right now, actually. With the year barely one-quarter old and the ravages of winter not quite a distant memory, there is plenty of budding already occurring, on the stem and in the ears. New songs are cropping up with the same frequency and intensity… Continue reading A Bouquet of 10 New Songs for Spring