Other Expressions

  • Lawrence Welk: Revisiting the Counter-Counter Culture

    No one seems to remember Lawrence Welk and his somewhat schmaltzy 30-year run on television correctly. He’s known as a musical punch line, a cheap impression for Robin Williams, Saturday Night Live, and Fred Armisen, or probably not remembered at all by people with good taste and/or anybody under the age of 40. That’s wrong. […]

  • Gimme a Head with Hair! The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and 50 Years of Music and Hair

    There’s no question that the Fab Four won the hearts of America’s teenage girls and became the band that everybody loves to love. They also reinvigorated rock ‘n’ roll music and, along the way, revolutionized what came out of our radios and stereos. But whether they meant to or not they also revolutionized hair. Before […]

  • James Hood Guitar: repairs, restorations, and excellence under one Roof

    Musicians love their instruments. They spend hours fawning over them, talking about them (and sometimes to them), dreaming about new ones, and eagerly anticipating that moment in the day when they can drop life’s chores and simply pick up and play their instrument. For many musicians the greatest pleasure in life comes from owning, handling, […]

  • From Reiki to Rock: Mueller College Launches Recording Arts Program

    “Passion,” says Dr. Jeff Welsh. “That’s what we’re looking for in our incoming students. Passion.” We are standing toward the back of one of Mueller College’s new Recording Arts classrooms. Rows of work stations go from the back to the front of the room, about 15 in all. Each desk has a new computer monitor […]

  • Local Musician Translates his Joy of Cooking into a Cookbook

    “This tastes really big!” “Yeah, it’s really good!” These were the exclamations shared by my wife and me upon our first taste of the black bean soup made from a recipe in the The Bass Clef Chef Family Cookbook, a creation of Classic Bows proprietor and bassist Greg Gohde. Besides his love of music, Gohde […]

  • Get Elevated!

    It is the night of the blood moon and the San Diego Grand Slam – the event that will determine the 2014 San Diego Poetry Slam team (known as Elevated!), which will compete at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in August. This team, the seventh one that San Diego has sent to Nationals, has […]

  • Philanthropy Is Alive and Well in the Craft Beer Industry

    Today’s breweries are quick to support worthy causes through the donation of their ale at the multitude of beer-centric events we see on any given weekend during the summer festival season. Some brewers have even gone so far as to produce a specific brew to benefit a person or cause, such as Stone’s Matts Burning […]

  • Morse Academy Is Reinvigorating Community Music

    In today’s world, even a brief tweet (aka micro-blog) can be a burden on some attention spans. I feel compelled to communicate to the broadest audience with this message: on May, 3 the public is welcome to participate in the Morse Academy’s Open House starting at 11am. Everyone is welcome and it’s free! However, this […]

  • Tasha’s Music City: Riding the Record Craze for Over 50 Years

    Ask my 12-year-old son: albums are big these days. The vinyl community, or VC to the cognoscenti, is doing brisk business. New 180-gram records are being released by virtually every band, old and new. In fact, Saturday April 19 is International Record Store Day. Look for new releases and re-releases by a host of artists […]

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