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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Song of the Summer: An Even Stranger Thing
Every year the brilliant minds at the labels, industry pubs, stations and the algorithm counting rooms send out their forecasts for “biggest song of the summer.” It’s something to do, right? Will it be the new thing from Ed Sheeran? No, probably Ariana. Or Jonas Brothers—back big time after six...
Friday, Jun. 7, 2019
AMP Awards…Keep Getting Louder
When talks began in earnest, in 2012, about the possibility that the Association of Music Producers—AMP—could create, curate and host an awards program for music and sound, there were strong doubts expressed by very smart people. “Does the industry really need another awards show? Aren’t there too...
Monday, Apr. 15, 2019
Girls Just Wanna Have....The World
Let me start with a full disclosure. You know, that “fair balance” stuff. I am a liberal Democrat. Social and fiscal. I usually vote the party line, unless the candidate is really inappropriate, or in jail. You, dear reader, may not hold those beliefs as self evident. That’s okay. We can still hug...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
The 2 Grammy Categories That Matter
Both during, and for days after the 61st annual Grammy Awards broadcast I thought about the on stage performances and winners. Went back to the best on YouTube, obsessed about the cringe-worthy ones (such a hater!), marveled at my respect for Alicia Keys, whom I didn’t think would have the humor to...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
We Didn't Start The Music (It Was Always Playin')
Not sure how many “10-Best of 2018” lists we’ll be reading in the days ahead. Those convenient ways of jamming 365 days into a tiny capsule: Best Songs/Best Movies/Best TV Shows… and like a kid with bag of popcorn, I always eat ‘em all up. This time around I decided to summarize the year in pop...
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Algorithm & Blues: Whose Music is This Anyway?
In last month’s column (click here ) we began a conversation about a “great marketing challenge of this moment: assigning a sound to a brand.” The reason it’s such a challenge, I suggested, is that an extremely high percentage of the population in most important demographic groups is now listening...
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Music Makes Its Mark: The Reminiscence Bump
I recently attended a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden (my wife and her siblings, raised in Upstate NY near the Canadian border, are all hockey fanatics—I just follow the puck). Before start time, the photo of a new team member, Brett Howden, appeared on the jumbotron, and with it,...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Sound Waves of Summer
Okay, it’s that time. Hear the waves crashing? Let’s all gather ‘round the fire—I’ve got plenty of dry wood, there’s wine and beer in the cooler. Moon is almost full, that silver light shimmering off the ocean— awesome. Puts me in the mood for some summer music, how about you guys? Thought so!...
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018
Papa's Got A Brand New Organ
As the world learned a few days ago, scientists have discovered an entirely new, previously unknown organ in the human body. This astonishing discovery (We missed noticing a major organ? Oops!), covered in news outlets worldwide (click here ), was published first in the journal Scientific Reports...
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Not Trending: The 2018 Grammys
I’m not a hater. Ok, sure, I won’t be lining up for tickets to Sir Elton’s final final tour. All right, yea, James Corden, so charming-super-enthusiastic blah blah, but enough. Hmm…that does sound a bit like "hating." Never mind. Ratings for the 60th annual Grammy Awards on CBS dropped 24% in 2018...