Podcast Of The Week: Raphael Saadiq, Renaissance Music Man

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. This week’s Podcast of the Week is… Musician/producer extraordinaire - Raphael Saadiq on the Questlove Supreme Podcast. Raphael Saadiq started off as a kid trying to break into the local Oakland … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Raphael Saadiq, Renaissance Music Man

Sunday Music: I’m Going Through Changes

album cover for Charles Bradley's "changes"

When Charles Bradley’s producer asked him to sing “Changes” by Black Sabbath, he had never even heard of them. What’s a soul singer got to do with a heavy metal band anyway? He read the lyrics. He’d been going through a personal crisis caring for his sick mother. The song took him there. To her … Continue reading Sunday Music: I’m Going Through Changes

Sunday Music: New Playlist For June 2021

Spring turned into summer while I was making this one. We went from windows up to windows down and from sweatshirts on dog walks to t-shirts. This playlist kind of captures the transition with enough mood for each season. Here it is on Apple Music and Spotify. “Special Girl” by Dodie. The syncopations. So subtle … Continue reading Sunday Music: New Playlist For June 2021

Sunday Music: Ain’t It The Truth

Catalyst, "The Funkiest Band You Never Heard" album title

When you’re a PA kid and a bunch of home-state legends drop an album together - you pay attention. Way back in 2001, The Philadelphia Experiment dropped their one and only record. I just heard Christian McBride talk about it with Cory Wong and I had to throw it on for old time's sake. It's … Continue reading Sunday Music: Ain’t It The Truth

Sunday Music: I Only Got Time To Think About The Time I Don’t Have

Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece is the stuff of lo-fi r&b legend. Dropping in 2002 and getting most of its love thanks to a feature by The Roots (that’s his hook on “The Seed”), the whole record is creative, funny, and stylistically sprawling. He rocks. He rolls. He croons. And after putting it out, he … Continue reading Sunday Music: I Only Got Time To Think About The Time I Don’t Have

Podcast Of The Week: Branford Marsalis On Life, Learning, And Pushing Boundaries

Branford Marsalis, the legendary sax player, composer, and improviser, sat down with Questlove on the Questlove Supreme podcast for what has to be one of my favorite interviews of the year. They cover: the harm stubborn nostalgia can bring, how to approach challenging music (or ideas), the value of critics and how to handle them, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Branford Marsalis On Life, Learning, And Pushing Boundaries

Sunday Music: New Playlist For December 2020

Well, here is a broad collection of moods for you. Join me in what is apparently my early winter vibe. You’ll notice a lot of Sunday music features here, so scroll back through for more notes. We’ve got an eclectic mix of old and new, from Sturgill’s bluegrass to Flo Milli’s bratty sassiness. Here it … Continue reading Sunday Music: New Playlist For December 2020

Sunday Music: Hate It When You Leave

Sometimes a song captures a feeling so completely, it exists beyond the lyrics, chords, and rhythms. I fell down a Steve Jordan rabbit hole a few weeks ago and found “Hate It When You Leave” by Keith Richards on my trip. It’s magic. An aching, melancholy, pleading magic, but magic nonetheless. hate it when you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Hate It When You Leave