Sunday Music: Dream A Little Dream Of Me

First I heard a version of it while watching the new season of The Boys. Then, it came back again watching the latest season of Stranger Things.  Apparently, I’m not the only person obsessed with this song.  My favorite cut - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (which was featured in Stranger Things). https://youtu.be/gxrws7omOHQ Ps. you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Regret, Shame, And Morris Day (And Shakespeare)

I didn’t expect Morris Day to stop me in my tracks with a Shakespeare sonnet.  He said he felt like he was “40 going on 4.” Curled up in the fetal position, feeling sorry for himself, full of shame, guilt, and regret. And Shakespeare finally was the one who got through to him.  If you’ve … Continue reading Regret, Shame, And Morris Day (And Shakespeare)

Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Dilla changed music. But don’t listen to me, listen to Don Charnas. Start with this incredible interview he just did with Jesse Thorn on the Bullseye podcast, and then check out his new book, Dilla Time.  And, if you’re like me, spend the next few days revisiting Donuts and his other stuff. I wrote about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Always Be (At Least A Little) Different

Don’t copy. Or, in 1986 speak, don’t be a biter.* Seymore Cray, the electrical engineer often credited with the investigation of the supercomputing industry had this to say about always (ALWAYS) doing things just a bit differently. It applies to whatever work you are doing. One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that … Continue reading Always Be (At Least A Little) Different

Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Leikeli47 is back, still covering her face, and making her form of anonymous musical magic. There’s some great rapping, excellent R&B (I didn’t see this coming, but, OK - this girl can sing), and delightful hooks to keep me going back to this album.  Maybe she can continue to be the more-underground, masked Lizzo we … Continue reading Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Sunday Music: More Kendrick Thoughts

I’m a few weeks into processing Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Here’s what I’m thinking.  Kendrick’s the closest thing we’ve got to a modern Miles Davis. He’s going to push boundaries. We shouldn’t be surprised by him, we should expect to be surprised. And that means not loving everything he does.  What we should … Continue reading Sunday Music: More Kendrick Thoughts

If You Want Something, Ask (How Wilco Got Paid 2x For “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”)

You have to ask. If there’s something you want, you just have to ask. Wilco - the band - got paid not once, but two times (TWO!) for their breakout album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Both paychecks came because they had the nerve to ask.   The first time the band got paid was in the form … Continue reading If You Want Something, Ask (How Wilco Got Paid 2x For “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”)