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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...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Music Today--Ring In The New?
When I ask myself, What is new in music today? What’s new in sound? I tumble into a dark abyss, fearful I can’t answer those questions, fearful that I have failed to listen carefully to Spotify’s 30 million tracks and therefore will disappoint the few citizens of Earth who rely on me for insights...
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Musings On Music: Heads In A Cloud
I’m sitting here alone at the bar in The Smith, about to order dinner. Don’t want to feel like a loser sitting by himself, so I check my iPhone, like there will be crucial messages and updates requiring my response. But no texts, no emails. This sucks. Everyone else is speed typing with their...
Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017
Music Master Class: The Kids Are (more than) All Right
Not sure it makes sense to say that I “ran into” my colleague from back in the day on YouTube, but that’s sort of how it happened. Bob Power was an engineer, producer, musician and composer, often working out of Calliope studios in Midtown, which was Bang’s “crash pad” in the early 90s. That’s...

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