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...
Still Special Forty Years Later

Still Special Forty Years Later

This weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the US release of the Pretenders’ first album. It had come out in the UK two months earlier, and its first single, “Brass In Pocket,” had risen to number one there, but it wasn’t making any inroads in...
Best Thing I’ve Heard Today: “Go Your Own Way”

Best Thing I’ve Heard Today: “Go Your Own Way”

I just listened to a podcast called Song Exploder, in which musicians explain in depth how they wrote and recorded a song. To be honest, I don’t know the vast majority of the artists and songs it covers, but really enjoyed this episode (from December 2018), in...