FU Coronavirus (Part 2)

I’ve been thinking about the Michael Jordan Era in Chicago a lot lately. It technically started when the Bulls drafted him out of college in 1984, but for many years it didn’t happen because, well, the team just wasn’t any good. But the team slowly got better over time, and the hated Bad Boys ofContinue reading “FU Coronavirus (Part 2)”

An unexpected pilgrimage

I was raised to be a Catholic, but Catholicism was like a transplanted organ for me, in that my body rejected it. What takes the place of religious faith–at least for me–are the things that I believe in. Like most people, I have some things on this earth that help to explain the things IContinue reading “An unexpected pilgrimage”

The heart of Rock and Roll

Watching my daughters, and a hundred other girls, make music onstage in Chicago yesterday reminded me of a great quote I once read. I think it came from Bono, and it said that rock and roll and freedom feel like they’re the same thing. My kids aren’t yet ready for total freedom, but onstage they didContinue reading “The heart of Rock and Roll”

If it’s hot it’ll sell

The title for this post comes from a song I heard performed on NPR by a band called Mutts. The title of the song is also the main hook, and it seems like a reasonable enough proposition: People will buy something that’s hot. And the musical Million Dollar Quartet is the hottest thing I’ve seenContinue reading “If it’s hot it’ll sell”

I’m going to Graceland

There’s not much else to say, really. I’ve never been to Memphis before, and I’m only here for one reason. I’m sure there will be things to say about it when it’s over, but I’ll let Paul Simon do the talking for me at this point. This is the one pilgrimage that I feel likeContinue reading “I’m going to Graceland”

Sometimes I take a Jimi thing

In the early years of the last decade, I traveled to Seattle several times on business. I learned that the best way to get back home was to take the red-eye flight, which left Sea-Tac late at night and arrived in Chicago at exactly 2-freaking-early in the AM. To spend a night in Seattle wouldContinue reading “Sometimes I take a Jimi thing”

No, we ain’t gonna take it

I just came across a story that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, and like Silversun Pickups, doesn’t want the Republican presidential candidates using his music at their campaign rallies. Romney and Ryan are trying to boost their support in some quarters by appropriating rock and roll, but theyContinue reading “No, we ain’t gonna take it”

You drive us wild, we’ll drive you crazy

I just learned today that my family and I will be going to Cleveland in May, and I finally will get to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Besides the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, that’s probably the only one that I would be interested in seeing. So it will be aContinue reading “You drive us wild, we’ll drive you crazy”

A Sure Shot for the Rock Hall

To me, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a fraud. Rock and roll began as an expression of rebellion, and that gleaming building on the waterfront in Cleveland is anything but rebellion. Some of the bluesmen who helped to create rock and roll are enshrined there, but too many of them have beenContinue reading “A Sure Shot for the Rock Hall”

Finding inspiration inside a plastic bag

Anyone who has young kids in their life probably remembers sillybands (or maybe it was “sillybandz” instead). A couple of years ago, it was all the rage with kids and–as all things like this do–it has faded out since then. But a chance encounter with some last night led me to a story I wantContinue reading “Finding inspiration inside a plastic bag”

A rock and roll miracle

I’ve been on vacation with my family for the past week, and haven’t had any time to blog lately. But it’s late at night, and I’m in the business center of a Holiday Inn that apparently doesn’t limit its internet usage, so here goes: Country music has never been my thing. I live in aContinue reading “A rock and roll miracle”