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?
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
Last Friday, I once again attempted to solve the annual dilemma: what’s the right American music to play on the 4th? And, again this year, much to the appreciation of my house guests, I’m sure, I kept my copy of “The Best of Sousa” on the shelf. But I did pull out a live recording of the Preservation… Continue reading In a Patriotic Mood