Sunday Music: Sisters (White Christmas Edition)

I remember the Christmas my mom and her sister made the blue feathered fans from White Christmas and sang “Sisters.” How the uncles joked and did the drag version too.  Christmas is for family. For singing the old songs and watching the old movies. For remembering how the long dark slowly gets brighter and brighter … Continue reading Sunday Music: Sisters (White Christmas Edition)

Sunday Music: Alicia Keys Songs I Wish I wrote

At the 61st Grammys, Alicia Keys did a solo segment they called, “Songs I wish I Wrote.”  She did the Hazel Scott 2 pianos thing (and shouted it out). But not turned backwards or while spinning in circles. She did it in the Tori Amos feminist front-facing way, and I think both artists deserve that … Continue reading Sunday Music: Alicia Keys Songs I Wish I wrote

Sunday Music: Yer So Bad (Tom Petty Solo)

Ever since the expanded edition Wildflowers (and the Rick Rubin interviews with Petty’s daughter about making the album), I’m extra fascinated by Tom Petty’s demos and solo takes. Something else shines through. It’s easier to hear the nuance around the simplicity somehow.  Maybe it’s just me.  My history with Petty goes back to an obsession … Continue reading Sunday Music: Yer So Bad (Tom Petty Solo)

Show A Little Gratitude (Tracy Chapman Edition)

Tracy Chapman won her first CMA this year. It only took 35 years. And a Luke Combs cover of her song, “Fast Car.” Gratitude.  Grateful for the recognition.  Graceful during the long lags between receiving any.   Tracy Chapman knows a thing (or 35) about gratitude.  In 1988, when “Fast Car” was released as the first … Continue reading Show A Little Gratitude (Tracy Chapman Edition)

Sunday Music: Maren Morris Burns It The F@$! Down

If it sounds a little self-reverential, it’s because it has to be. Maren Morris has been battling pigeon holes long enough, and she’s ready to scream phoenix. I’m always here for artists doing this.  The metaphors are all present. Take a read through the lyrics on her new EP The Bridge. Then check out the … Continue reading Sunday Music: Maren Morris Burns It The F@$! Down

Podcast Of The Week: Maren Morris Breaks Away From Country

Come for the conversation about finding yourself in the pressure of success, but stay for the snack discovery at the end.  Maren Morris is a role model. More riffing on “their labels are not your identity” in yesterday’s post. You can get even more non-musical but still on topic takes in this episode of Breaking … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Maren Morris Breaks Away From Country

Your Job Is Not Your Identity

Maren Morris has been distancing herself from the country music scene. Or at least the country music machine. Because she understands their labels do not define her identity. This is the funny thing about career building. You start by wanting a job. Getting onto a track, climbing a ladder, being accepted into a group.  The … Continue reading Your Job Is Not Your Identity

Sunday Music: The (Perfect) Un-Originality In Sublime’s “Caress Me Down”

I was in a conversation last week with someone who brought up how original and fresh 90s music was. I said it was refreshing, in the sense of how it was such an original act of musical collage, but it wasn’t in and of itself anything new.  They disagreed.  I got sublime.  Or more literally, … Continue reading Sunday Music: The (Perfect) Un-Originality In Sublime’s “Caress Me Down”

Selena Gomez And Why The Slipstream Is The Place To Be

I have a theory that culture is so fragmented and detached we can’t even agree on who’s famous anymore. It’s a generational theory thing. If you’re building status for yourself or your company, OR if you’re just curious why you feel like you’re on an island all of the damn time, let’s talk about… Selena … Continue reading Selena Gomez And Why The Slipstream Is The Place To Be