The American Dream can be defined as our national ethos, Greek for “character”. It’s not a terribly broad leap then to see the President as our national persona, the face we collectively show to the world. We may be able to disguise our character with a convincing mask but there can’t be a faceless mask. […]
“Here’s the outside/here’s the scene” It’s so strange. I’ve only been writing art songs for a fraction of the time I’ve been a music professional. So it’s still exciting every time, especially performing for strangers. That’s not the strange part. The strange part is the audience vibe since I’ve been doing it this way. It’s […]
I am so sick of modestly articulate people of average intelligence telling everybody what isn’t possible or practical. We can’t afford universal health care, but it’s practical to pay millions for one single tomahawk missile. It’s not practical to vote for Bernie Sanders. California can’t secede. What is practical, these people say, is to stay […]
Thirty-four years ago, one of my all-time favorite authors, Alan Watts, wrote (in one of my all-time favorite books, Play to Live): Archimedes said, “Give me a fulcrum and I will move the Earth”; but there isn’t one. It is like betting on the future of the human race — I might wish to lay […]
Never owned a pair of Dickies. Of course tempted by the brilliant marketing of Duluth’s “firehose” pants. In any case, gone through Old Navy jeans like paper towels. The tool loop is perfect for my tuning hammer! Or, y’know, a regular hammer.