Entries for December 2021

  • Transposing

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    Hello Troubadourians! I’ve written about transposing songs and music a couple of times in recent columns, and it came up again just a few days ago in a conversation on Facebook. So, I thought it would be a good time to readdress the subject and add some detail about the mechanics of transposition as well […]

  • Steven Van Zandt: Unrequited Infatuations

    I just finished Steven Van Zandt’s new memoir, Unrequited Infatuations, and my personal biases aside, I believe it’s one of the most captivating books I’ve ever read. It’s almost certainly the most amazing life story I’ve ever encountered. Steven has been an integral part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band over the past fifty years […]

  • Regarding Bicoastal Musician Chuck Schiele’s Rekindled Love Affair with San Diego

    Native New Yorker Chuck Schiele initially came to San Diego for college in 1979 but ended up staying for over three decades. By 2008, he had America’s Finest City by the cojones, working from an owned home with a rehearsal/recording studio out back in Ocean Beach, where he was so well connected he was widely […]

  • SANDE LOLLIS: Being Human

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    Sandé Lollis is the embodiment of country. She’s soulful, with that pitch-perfect cry in her voice. When the award-winning vocalist belts out one of her tunes, you can feel the sawdust on the floor and taste the redeye the bartender is serving up with some cold Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. For several years Lollis has […]

  • AL ROSS & THE PLANETS: Blue Crystal

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    For nearly 40 years Al Ross and the Planets have been rocking London and much of the rest of Britain. Their latest CD, Blue Crystal, offers up nine original nuggets that continue their tradition of mixing soul, rock, and pop to create catchy and memorable music. There’s no mistaking that these guys are British. While […]

  • Pat Metheney at the Rady Shell

    I was lucky enough to witness Pat Metheny’s first national tour as a leader some 43 years ago when I was 19 years old. Since that evening, it is much easier for me to account for the few gigs he’s played in San Diego that I have missed (about three by my reckoning.) That first […]

  • Listening

    It happens somewhat regularly. I work throughout the day: Mixes, phone calls, edits, calendar entries, meetings, vocal sessions, traffic, this column…There is music to hear while I’m driving. Sometimes it’s some work I’m evaluating or some new find I’m enjoying, like Melody Gardot. I sit down and enjoy a movie after some peaceful conversation. Take […]

  • A Life In Music: A Conversation with Andy Cahan

    Andy Cahan may not be a household name, but his accomplishments in music are significant. Since 1961 he’s devoted his life to making music and while he himself never graced the charts, he’s crossed paths with many who have. In his new book, The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of, Cahan gathers up six […]

  • NENA ANDERSON: Christmas with Nena

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas remains everyone’s favorite Christmas album. Slightly expanded from the soundtrack of the Peanuts cartoon television feature of the 1960s, the work of Vince Guaraldi and his sidemen is simple, profound, and sublime. The music takes the listener through a sonic landscape from pure joy to quietude, and even to reverence. The […]