Podcast Of The Week: Rick Rubin on Cash’s “Hurt”

My buddy Adam K. sent me this clip from Lex Fridman discussing Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Hurt” with Rick Rubin.  They discuss how the lyrics, originally written by a 20-something, are sad but a bit redemptive.  The same poem, when sung by a 70ish-year-old, feels devastating.  It’s an incredible piece of perspective art. Listen to … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rick Rubin on Cash’s “Hurt”

Maggie Rogers On Her (Visual) Creative Inputs

Before Maggie Rogers makes an album, she has to write some songs. And before she writes some songs, she starts with some visuals.  She calls it a mood board (and this is apparently a thing people do that TIL).  As a synesthesiac, her brain connects colors to feelings and sounds. She pulls out the poster … Continue reading Maggie Rogers On Her (Visual) Creative Inputs

Life Isn’t Black And White (Better Call Saul Edition)

[what follows is a riff on my appreciation for creative choices, design, and communicating emotions. you, dear reader, are my proverbial water cooler friends this morning] I’m writing this before the last episode of Better Call Saul airs - and however the series ends, I’m feeling grateful for TV like this.  No spoilers, but I … Continue reading Life Isn’t Black And White (Better Call Saul Edition)

Sunday Music: My July 2022 Playlist

First and foremost, thanks to those of you who have kicked me with… “so it’s been a minute since you’ve shared a mix/playlist - what gives?” I consider this a midsummer’s vacation day arc, which starts with morning reflections and appreciations, midday day-drinking (complete with self-loathing and punky snark), a sentimental lull around dinner, a … Continue reading Sunday Music: My July 2022 Playlist

Sunday Music: Acuff-Rose By Uncle Tupelo

Play me a songThat everybody knowsAnd I’ll bet you it belongs to Acuff-Rose Roy Acuff and Fred Rose founded their music publishing firm, Acuff-Rose Music Inc., in 1942. Their goal was to give their writers an honest contract. Sounds like an obvious business move, but at the time it wasn’t the norm. The results they … Continue reading Sunday Music: Acuff-Rose By Uncle Tupelo

Make The Kind Of Art A Kid Would Walk Out On Their Job Over

Questlove, before the fame, when he was just Ahmir, a teenager working in the kitchen at Big Al’s in Philly. One album and one lunch break helped change the trajectory of his life.  It was the day he got his copy of It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy … Continue reading Make The Kind Of Art A Kid Would Walk Out On Their Job Over

Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

John Stewart interviewing George Carlin. Pay extra attention to his framing of comedy as a form of oratory rhetoric. This is ALL professional communication. Make it sing. "It's just natural." And stick around to near the end when he answers, "Why do you still care so much?" Carlin was a true artist. https://youtu.be/nCGGWeD_EJk ps. I … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart