Teach them how to say goodbye

  While the COVID-19 disaster grinds on, with no real ending in sight, everything seems to be getting harder. Although there’s been lots of songs written in the past about Hard Times, none of them could ever foresee the world we’re in right now. 33 million Americans have now applied for unemployment benefits, and theContinue reading “Teach them how to say goodbye”

It’s tricky to rock a rhyme

I remember the Raising Hell days very well. This was Run-DMC’s breakthrough album back in 1986. Their version of Walk This Way revitalized Aerosmith’s career, and made the two MCs (and Jam Master Jay) bigger than anything that had ever been seen in rap before. It was an exciting time to be a fan ofContinue reading “It’s tricky to rock a rhyme”

I’m drivin’ a Caddy, you fixin’ a Ford

I’ve written about Run-DMC before in this space, but not as much as I should have. Their music grabbed me from the first time I heard it back in 1984, and I like to tell my kids that I was into rap before most other white kids were. By the time I left for collegeContinue reading “I’m drivin’ a Caddy, you fixin’ a Ford”

I know this much is true

At the end of a long day at work today, I faced the prospect of a long commute to get home. It always seems like getting to work takes 15 minutes in the morning, and getting home takes an hour in the evening. Some of that is psychological–does anybody look forward to work more thanContinue reading “I know this much is true”

RIP, Don Cornelius

For my two young daughters, rap is one of those things that has probably always existed, like water and color television and the internet. But I wanted to take a few moments here to describe my personal experiences with rap, and to tie them in with today’s shocking news about Don Cornelius. The first timeContinue reading “RIP, Don Cornelius”