Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gentle On Our Minds

Glen Campbell died in August 2017 at age 81, bringing to a close a decades long musical career filled with incredible songs. He was best known as a Grammy winning singer, television host, and occasional actor. What many don't know is that before the movies and television shows, and before the hit songs, he was one of the most sought after session guitarists in the business.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tom Petty - An American Original

Tom Petty was an American original. I know – we say that about a lot of well-known figures, and obviously, that's what it takes to make someone worthy of such acclaim. Some people are famous for all the wrong reasons. 

Petty was famous for all the right ones. We know him because he wrote and sang some of the greatest songs of our time. His style was unmistakable, with a twang in his voice, and powerful, guitar-driven songs that you want to listen to over and over.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Privileged Witnesses

The Ellison High School Wind Ensemble,
Mr. Smith conducting. Photo courtesy Mr. Raul Munoz
Some experiences leave a lasting impression. Sometimes they are grand in scale, and sometimes not, but they are significant enough to become etched in your mind and your heart. Music has such power, especially live performance. People playing musical instruments can move your soul; they can astonish and electrify, they can transfix and captivate. Sometimes, when everything is just right, you feel privileged to have witnessed it.
A high school band, including my son Brendan, and a piccolo player provided such a memorable experience on a rainy May night.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

King of the Texas Troubadours

I was a passenger in a car on Interstate 35 just entering Austin, Texas, when I read the news on my phone. It was Tuesday, May 17, and Texas singer, songwriter, and luthier Guy Clark had died earlier that day. After reading the news, I looked up and the first thing I saw was an American flag at half-staff.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


He was one of those one-name guys – someone whose first name alone left no doubt who you were talking about. Like Waylon, Willie, Jerry Jeff, and maybe even Elvis, all you had to say was one name, and everyone knew.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Glenn Frey: A Unique and Memorable Talent

Glen Frey spent the past 40 plus years writing and performing some of the best music many of us have ever heard. As frontman for the Eagles and a solo artist, his music captured and held our imaginations and our interest as we grew from teenagers into adulthood, through middle age, and beyond.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cory Wells - Three Dog Night

We lost one of the premier singers of the rock era when Cory Wells died on October 21, 2015 at age 74. 

Wells, one of three lead singers in the band Three Dog Night, along with co-lead vocalists Chuck Negron, and Danny Hutton, recorded many hit songs in the 1960's and '70's, establishing the band as one of the most popular of the era.