Sunday Music: NEW Playlist For January 2023

Thanks to those of you who have been asking for a new playlist. This one has been in the works since last fall - and courtesy of a job change, moving across state lines, and surviving COVID Christmas, it’s ready for your consumption.  I had a lot of moods in the past 6 months and … Continue reading Sunday Music: NEW Playlist For January 2023

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”

Podcast Of The Week: Darius Rucker On QLS

The last thing I think about when I think about Darius Rucker is what an outcast he is/was.  But this guy faced and overcame some serious adversity, at levels I hadn’t ever really fully considered.  Take the perspective shift pill (unless you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about his career arc already, in which … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Darius Rucker On QLS

Sunday Music: Wu-Country Spinoff

I’m not (yet) in love with this, but I definitely don’t hate it and they’ve got me REAL curious given the connections -  What if I told you Tekitha (from all the Wu-Tang albums) and Prana Supreme-Diggs (RZA and Tekitha’s daughter) were recording country-infused pop songs and they’re pretty catchy? See it for yourself. Here’s … Continue reading Sunday Music: Wu-Country Spinoff

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”)

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

Sunday Music: Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy

My brother said the song stopped everyone dead when it came on in the kitchen he works. At the mercy of shuffle mode, his Spotify-shuffle picked out “Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy” from the obscure Vandals album, The Vandals Play Really Bad Original Country Tunes. Understandably, nobody else had ever heard it, and the song … Continue reading Sunday Music: Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy

Sunday Music: Trying To Ignore The Elephant (Somehow)

3 recent deaths, one milestone birthday, and I’m thinking a lot about the lots we draw in what’s turned into a lot of life (not, ahem, enough yet, just for the record). Jason Isbell’s “Elephant” keeps playing in my head all the while. It’s a song about a friend with cancer. It’s a song about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Trying To Ignore The Elephant (Somehow)