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Are You Going With Me? Cosmic Americana Part I

One of the joys of the internet is mining the geeky archival work of many people with many interests, including jazz. Recently, thanks to invisible friends around the world, I have been enjoying old interviews with Pat Metheny and Lyle … Continue reading

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Middling Dance Music Part 2

I’ve been very busy with my day gig of professional writing that my creative writing has slowed. But I have found time to bang another remix for kicks. Giorgio Moroder noted in a recent interview that electronic dance music is … Continue reading

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Middling Dance Music

Electronic dance music is a global phenomenon. In every country, people are producing it, to be heard or endured in nightclubs. And hotel discos. I have cast my lot with the latter, specifically two-star faded piles. Here’s my latest tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading

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Au Revoir, Dutch

Elmore Leonard is rightly identified with the special grit of Detroit, an American manufacturing colossus visited by rack and ruin as the world’s love for the Big Three turned to rust. Leonard’s works from the 1970’s reveal a once-genteel Detroit … Continue reading

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Pop Goes Lenny

I recently had an epiphany, thanks to Lenny. Sure, 95% of pop music is dross. But if you don’t keep your ears and mind open, you’ll miss the 5% that counts. I think that’s wise counsel for writing as well. … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs as Howard Beale – McWorld vs. Jihad

I come to praise Apple not bury it. I type on an Apple laptop; the keyboard is dynamite for a speed typist such as myself. I compose music using Apple’s Logic software on an iMac. But I don’t have an … Continue reading

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< 100bpm

If you’ve ever taught writing, any kind of writing, you no doubt have encountered the challenge of how to make the writing better without interfering with the author’s voice. Once you start messing with voice, you’re in deep water. Voice … Continue reading

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