The Backstage Experience

The Backstage Experience

This is a companion piece to my previous blog entry, The Concert Cleavage Girls… I’ve been lucky enough to go backstage at a concert on occasion because I’ve emceed so many shows and interviewed so many musicians over the years that they’ve been nice enough to...
The Concert Cleavage Girls

The Concert Cleavage Girls

Here’s a piece I wrote in December, 1999… I went to see Billy Joel on Friday night, the first concert I’ve attended in a long time. In all the years I’ve been going to live musical events, this was the first time I sat close enough to notice an interesting...
MYMNK: “Sidemen: Long Road To Glory”

MYMNK: “Sidemen: Long Road To Glory”

Over the years, I have written about movies like “Session Men,” “The Wrecking Crew,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown,” and “20 Feet From Stardom” — documentaries which told the stories of musicians whose names you didn’t know while they were...
My Biggest Regret

My Biggest Regret

I don’t have any major regrets in my life. Missteps, sure, but none so damaging that I still grieve over them. While I had a few moves in my radio career that didn’t pan out, they were always followed by jobs that went very well and lasted several years. I’ve played...
Classically Ignorant

Classically Ignorant

My knowledge of classical music is equivalent to what I know about art: practically nothing. Oh, I can name a bunch of composers — all white men who have been dead more than a century — and even identify a half-dozen of their works by ear. But I don’t know a Mozart...