Living the Dream

A Jazz Vision In high school, I remember a quiet, unassuming guy named Randy Mosley(?) who didn?t draw much attention to himself during class. However, when I saw him playing stand up bass with the jazz band in the school gymnasium and looking cool in his houndstooth...

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Something?s Happening Here Since late spring of this year, I?ve been hearing about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. So, I was compelled to explore and write about it this month. In the mid to late 60?s, I was a teenager growing up in the Midwest. At that...

Art Imitates Life

Art Imitates Life Recently, I?ve been thinking about the concept of art imitating life. Oscar Wilde wrote that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”. In musical terms, I think of it as music mirroring life. I?ve heard songs in my life that...

Songworms on My Mind

Songworms on My Mind Sometimes I am haunted by songworms. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for hours or days on end? I have a close musical compadre? who has coined the name ?songworm? for this phenomenon. Some researchers use the term ?earworm.? Here?s...

musical memory

I heard music by Yusuf Islam this week from his latest CD, Roadsinger. For those of you who aren’t aware, Yusuf used to call himself Cat Stevens in a former lifetime. You know, Peace Train, Moonshadow, etc. Not to worry, I haven’t changed spiritual...