Monday, November 20, 2017

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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...
Wednesday, May. 24, 2017
What’s In Your Kid’s Ear?
I was flailing a bit, trying to figure out what the next column might be about when my partner Brian suggested, “How about Kidz Bop?” To which I replied, “What the hell is Kidz Bop?” “Look it up,” he deadpanned. Brian has two beautiful little girls, ages 5 and 9. So, turns out that Kidz Bop is the...
Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017
Which Land Is Your Land?
As the world knows, I’m a liberal. Social and fiscal. So, for like-minded citizens these are not easy times. You’ve seen me talking to myself on the street, in the subway. Don’t be concerned—I’ll be fine. Just wanted to establish the context. From the immigration ban to defunding Planned Parenthood...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
To Cast A Spell Upon Your Picture
Late last summer I had the great pleasure of seeing the premiere of the documentary “Score,” written and directed by Matt Schrader It’s a wholly entertaining glimpse into the artistry, craft and process of many of today’s greatest film composers: John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Quincy...
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
The State of Music In Our Culture: I Can't Hear You
If someone could apply an icepack to my forehead for a few minutes, that would be great. I’m not sure what I’m feeling just now, about the state of music in our culture at this moment. The state of our culture in general. Just feeling slightly dizzy. I think it’s in my nature to try to find our...
Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016
Surround Sound-Off: Execs On Discovering New Music
SHOOT ’s Earwitness author Lyle Greenfield has departed from the regular format of the column this month to bring you a special panel discussion with six music production executives. Organizing and moderating the panel, Lyle posed the following questions: In this time of fragmented media, multiple...
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...