John Denver … Silverback?

[The only "personal" connection I've had with John Denver was a friend of mine from Colorado who told me he was at a gas station in Colorado when John Denver rolled in, driving his Mercedes sports car. "It was weird," my friend told me, "The top was down and he was blasting his own music... Continue Reading →

Those Who Stay …

[There are two fundamental stories in humankind ... a man goes on a journey and a stranger comes to town. It's a theme that is central in Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera as well. Is the one who stays, Greg, a coward or simply smart enough to hold on to a good thing. Is Del a... Continue Reading →

Cool Hand Luke … a true Silverback

[Paul Newman has been on our minds recently. We watched Ethan Hawke's documentary, then The Color of Money, Slapshot, and The Verdict. James Dean died and someone had to move into the role as runner-up to Marlon Brando. Enter Newman. He was a flawed human being, but a pretty damn good movie star. For us,... Continue Reading →

The 12 Best Music Podcasts

[I am increasingly listening to podcasts, although I am finding the world of podcasts increasingly difficult to navigate. There has been an explosion in podcast content. The best exlanation for this comes from my favorite podcast, the BlindBoy, who says that corporate media are investing heavily investing heavily in podcast content in anticipation of the... Continue Reading →

Visions of The Jungle

[Big News ... Part 3 of Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera has now been published. Now, back to the silliness. SB SM] Here are two very different takes on what it means to be a resident of the contemporary Jungle. Could there be more contrast. A minute or so of the Carrie Underwood Jungle will give... Continue Reading →

Fort Worden

[We visited Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA on a crisp, fall morning. It's now a State Park, but during WW II it protected Puget Sound from attack by the Japanese. No combat action ever took place there. Now it still stands sentry over the entrance to the sound, but the guns are gone, replaced... Continue Reading →

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