Are People Still Passionate About Music?

“Are people still passionate about music the way they used to be?” My boss posed this question during a marketing meeting on Tuesday. There were five of us sitting around a table, eating lunch and discussing sales and marketing strategies for the company. This followed a rather heated debate over the significance of traditional retailContinue reading “Are People Still Passionate About Music?”

My Hamster Ate The Piano Man

Earlier this week, Tara and I helped out a close friend by delivering copies of her free publication, Portland Book Review, to a bunch of local businesses. We had had Chris over for dinner one day last week so she could meet my girlfriend. Chris and I go way back – once upon a time weContinue reading “My Hamster Ate The Piano Man”

Hipsters Are Allowed To Whine

Last week we went to Mississippi Studios, a Baptist-church-turned-recording-studio-turned-music-venue, to see a live show. One of our favorite bands, The Moondoggies, but that’s neither here nor there. Actually, it is. (Warning: I’m about to geek out here). Not only did Tara surprise me with a vinyl LP she bought at the show, but she had allContinue reading “Hipsters Are Allowed To Whine”

A Three Chord Revelation

Last night I found myself in a dimly lit music lounge sipping a gin and tonic while listening to a rock ‘n roll band playing loudly and energetically. I turned to Tara and said, over the wailing guitars and pounding drums, “I’m living the life I always wanted.” Call it a three-chord revelation. Many yearsContinue reading “A Three Chord Revelation”

Music To My Ears

I’ve been listening to music all day. Actually, I’ve been listening to music nearly nonstop for the past week. My iPod is getting a serious workout. This all started the Sunday before my trip to Ely, when I broke down and bought a new car stereo from Best Buy. I’d wanted one for ages –Continue reading “Music To My Ears”

The Art of the Mixtape

I bought a new coffee maker yesterday as my old one was on the fritz, and this first cup tastes a bit like rubber and plastic. Not sure why – I cleaned it first, and brewed a cycle using hot water as the instructions indicated – but, bleh. Maybe I’ve become used to free motelContinue reading “The Art of the Mixtape”