Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Dangerous music – Alex Ross, Dr. Pinckney and Me

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Jill and I sat down in the plush seats of the old Fullerton Hall auditorium in the Art Institute of Chicago last night, there to hear New Yorker music critic Alex Ross speak about the intersection of 20th century music and literature. Mr. Ross’ recent book–The Rest is Noise—Listening to the Twentieth Century—which very entertainingly reviewed […]

I wrote my band’s bio…and some of it is true…

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The Story of the Outta State Plates It was at a church picnic in the summer of 1965, on a foggy Sunday afternoon in the Haight district of San Francisco (Our Lady of the Perpetual Groove) that young guitarist, French horn player and theatre professional Giles Colahan and his friend from art school, trombonist, guitarist, […]

Buck up…

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Jesus, you’re such a sap. So said an old buddy, whose opinion I hold in very high esteem, when I confessed that a new Christmassy tune and video by songwriter Ray Davies (you know, the Kinks, Swinging London, Lola and all that), Postcard from London ( makes me tear up every time I watch it.  […]

Exiles in Prague

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ roll music isn’t important anymore.  I mean—it’s not really important.  It’s nearly irrelevant.  Download a song, a bunch of ones and zeroes for a buck.  (Do people know the names of the tunes or just the playlist number? ‘Play number five!’) It isn’t changing the world; wars are […]


Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Yeah, all those new Beatle reissues have been out on the street for a while now.  I bought some.  And I’ve been asked what differences there were with these new discs.  Like a lot of folks, I’m pretty skeptical when I hear those people with golden ears talk about how this instrument or that amplifier […]