A bit of memoir mania

I’ve never investigated if publishers push autobiographies and memoirs to a particular time of year. All I know is they’ve dominated my reading lately.

Four of the last five books I’ve read (and five of the last eight) are autobiographies/memoirs. (Who decides when a work crosses the line between autobiography and memoir?) All four […]

Midweek Music Moment: The Trinity

For reasons ranging from time and interest (or lack of either), it’s been more than a year since I’ve done one of these posts. And I have to admit that the topic of this one actually came up in late summer or early fall. But I’m hoping to resume this a bit, if only sporadically.


Midweek Music Moment: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young

Sometimes, a few seconds are all you need to know just what album you’re listening to. Sgt. Pepper’s, for example. Or you know you’re listening to Exile on Main Street when you hear the opening licks of “Rocks Off” (which may be the best first five seconds of any album). And for me, the opening […]

Midweek Music Moment: Harvest, Neil Young

Millions of people like me grew up with Neil Young being a significant contributor to the soundtrack to their youth. From Buffalo Springfield to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to his exceptional work with Crazy Horse and solo, Young was a pervasive influence. Yet despite so many songs considered absolute classics today — “Cinnamon Girl,” […]

Midweek Music Moment: Déjà Vu, CSN&Y

Memory is a funny thing. I struggle to recall events my friends, wife and kids remember vividly. Names continually elude me. But what really puzzles me is the relatively mundane — even inane — things that I clearly recall.

A perfect example is Déjà Vu, the album released on March 11, 1970, by Crosby, Stills, […]