Right Now

I must be one of the few people who prefers the Sammy Hagar era of Van Halen over the David Lee Roth incarnation of the band. I’ve written about Sammy before, and his solo work and the songs he wrote and sang for Montrose are great examples of what rock and roll sounds like. Dave,Continue reading “Right Now”

On Dreams We Will Depend

Nothing says “summer” to me musically like Van Halen’s 5150 album. I turned 18 in the summer of 1986, and was determined to enjoy one last summer before going away to college. I bagged groceries by day, drank whatever I could get my hands on by night, and listened to the fusion of Sammy HagarContinue reading “On Dreams We Will Depend”

Life after coffee

The person who wrote multiple posts in the same day for this blog seems to have disappeared over the past month. I like getting sleep, it turns out, and the price I pay to write here is giving up sleep in order to get my thoughts out. It seemed like a fair trade for aContinue reading “Life after coffee”

What’s in a name?

I have a new-found respect for the work of William Shakespeare, after seeing Romeo and Juliet performed onstage these last couple of nights. He tells a great story, and the words coming from the actors’ mouths are secondary to the emotions being displayed. That’s what doesn’t come through in simply trying to read the plays.Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

This is Mean Street

I’ve written about Van Halen several times in this space, and with good reason. I listened to a lot of their music in high school and college, and I’ve never really lost my appreciation for their sound. I hope that I never will, either. So when I received Guitar Hero: Van Halen for a ChristmasContinue reading “This is Mean Street”

Appreciating American music

As I was returning home from a long and most enjoyable vacation today, I commenced the battle of finding something on the radio. I wrote about this once before, and it makes me appreciate the concept of satellite radio. You pick a station you like, and never have to worry about whether it comes inContinue reading “Appreciating American music”

You’re gonna hear the angels sing

The days that I commute out to the suburbs for work can be trying. The traffic usually isn’t that bad, and by now I’m used to the 45 minutes to an hour that I have to sacrifice each way in order to make a living. It certainly beats the alternative. The challenge doesn’t come fromContinue reading “You’re gonna hear the angels sing”

Some of the concerts I’ve seen

  Photo ©1995 robbi cohn/dead images I wrote this for my sister a few years back, as we were getting ourselves psyched up for our first Springsteen concert. With the new Springsteen tour going on, and a concert at Wrigley Field in the near future, I wanted to dust this off. A few edits haveContinue reading “Some of the concerts I’ve seen”

Ain’t talkin’ ’bout love

It seems weird to use the commas in the song title above. But that’s the way the band wrote the song, and that’s the only way it can be sung, so there it is. Van Halen is going on tour this year, and I’d love to go see them. I saw them twice back inContinue reading “Ain’t talkin’ ’bout love”

Takin’ care of business is his name

I heard an interesting combination of songs on the radio yesterday. Songs, in and of themselves, can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Either they’re played in sequence on an album, and if you’ve listened to the album enough, you know what to expect when that song is over. On the first Van HalenContinue reading “Takin’ care of business is his name”

Summer nights and my radio

There are rumors that Van Halen is releasing new music some time in the near future. This will be with David Lee Roth on vocals, and the three Van Halens (Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang) so it can’t be called the “original lineup.” But given my longtime identification as a VH fan, it’s close enough. TheContinue reading “Summer nights and my radio”