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Friday, Jun. 17, 2016
That Certain Kind of Music...You Feel It?
Sunny, warm, dry in NYC as I write this. Summer solstice a few days away—you feel what I’m hearing? You hear what I’m feeling? A certain kind of music that attaches itself to your hips, makes everybody a bobble-head. Feet off the ground. Eyes closed. Arms floating. That’s right. Nice. For me it...
Wednesday, May. 25, 2016
Popular Music: Transgenre Trending
I’ve had the title of this column in my head for over a month. Probably came out of all the “transgender” news, tweets and bathroom chatter. I dunno..just popped out. What would that mean in the realm of popular music—“transgenre”? And I thought, it’s when an artist we’ve pigeonholed in one place (...
Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016
Skip This Ad In 5 Seconds
4…3…2…1…Skip ad. Click. Gone! I have questions. Normally, I have answers—I’m your "Earwitness," for pop’s sake! But I have questions. Why would you NOT “Skip ad”? You wanted to hear/watch Charlie Puth’s sweet little pop video for “One Call Away”...but suddenly you have to watch an ad first, that...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Grammys—Bigger Than Humongous!
As Taylor Swift famously clarified, a hater’s gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. So let’s talk about the 2016 Grammy Awards with Valentine-love in our hearts, and just a pinch of WTF!? to keep it real! But first, a commercial break. In the form of Gwen Stefani’s (and Target’s) “live” video for her...
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Rebel Rebel: Reflections on David Bowie
I don’t pretend to be versed in the complete body of musical and visual works of David Bowie, the seminal artist whom the Universe lost to cancer a few days ago. Yet, like millions of my fellow humans, I was stunned and saddend by the news of his death. When some one, or thing, has made an...
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Peace On Earth. No, Seriously
Peace On Earth. No, seriously… As you well know, normally at this time of year I can be found hanging out in the mall, mouthing the words to Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”, or Wham’s “Last Christmas,” unashamed of how ridiculous I must look, a grown man in his ugly sweater, searching...
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Super Bowl Halftime Applications
There’s been a great deal of speculation about who will perform at the halftime show for Super Bowl 50 (or, as we say in ancient Rome, Super Bowl L). I mean, the Big Five-O…gotta be BIGGERBETTER than ever, right? Billboard reported in September that Bruno Mars had been asked to “curate” the show,...
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
Inspirational Agency Leader Pat Fallon Dies At 70
Minneapolis-based ad man Pat Fallon, whose upstart firm once led campaigns for luxury automakers BMW and Porsche, has died at age 70, his company said. Fallon, a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, died Friday with his family at his side, according to the Fallon agency he co-founded. Fallon...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Downtown. Everybody. Now!
The world is getting harder. My psyche, fried. Nightmares accelerating. Politics like wrecks on the Freeway every quarter mile. Another suicide bombing/shooting? In a school/mosque? An outbreak of what? Where is that country? But what about Timmy’s erectile dysfunction…and getting the cat hair off...
Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015
Voice Of A (Niche) Generation
As we sat around the Labor Day bonfire, draining bottles and discussing the amazing meal of animal parts I had just grilled, the subject of popular music came up (yes, music, not Trump). My good friend Liam Sullivan, musician and author of “Making The Scene: Nashville – How To Live, Network and...