TV Review: “Genius: Aretha”

Here’s my review of the Aretha Franklin bio-series that aired this week on NatGeo (and is streaming on Hulu), bolstered by a great performance by Cynthia Erivo that couldn’t cover up the flaws in the production.

POTD: The Best

Here’s a piece of classic rock history I was unaware of until recently. It’s about what may have been the shortest-lived supergroup ever: The Best. Members included Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, Keith Emerson, and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.

Chick Corea

I’m saddened to hear of the death of jazz fusion legend Chick Corea at the age of 79. Here’s the story of when I was first introduced to his music (and the other artists who followed in his footsteps).

POTD: Tim Minchin

For the Picture Of The Day, I offer you a Tim Minchin twofer — a song from his new album, plus a classic from his 2011 Royal Albert Hall concert (which is now streaming on Prime Video).

Movie Review: A Harry Chapin Documentary

Here’s my review of a new documentary about Harry Chapin, the 1970s singer/songwriter/activist who was one of music’s greatest storytellers, with whom I always felt a personal connection.

Movie Review: “American Utopia”

I can’t think of anyone else who has appeared in two truly great concert movies — but David Byrne has, thanks to “American Utopia,” a filmed version of his hit Broadway show, now streaming on HBO Max. Here’s my review.