Full Circle

  • Marty Balin: An Appreciation

    Marty Balin, co-founder, lead singer, and a principal songwriter for the iconic ’60s band Jefferson Airplane, died September 27, 2018, at the age of 76. The cause of death hasn’t yet been disclosed. It’s always sad when a musical talent from your prime music listening years passes on, and although natural as it is to […]

  • Bobfest: A Celebration of All Things DYLAN

    What is a Bobfest? Someone once said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. If so, designing a celebration of Bob Dylan must be like constructing a building of rainbows. Ross Moore has stepped up to the challenge and assembled an all-day all-Dylan extravaganza, recognizing the artist’s contributions to poetry, literature, the visual […]

  • Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Voice That Shook the World—She taught the world how to spell RESPECT

    Aretha Louise Franklin, who Rolling Stone magazine correctly identified as “the greatest singer in the world,” made her transition into the next world on August 16, 2018, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old. Franklin came into African-American consciousness first as a child, singing gospel music in the church of […]

  • A Story About Frequency Modulation

    When Stephen Hawking died, I figured I better try to sound smart. So I read Hawking’s Brief History of Time “cover to cover,” first the front cover, then the back cover. Plus, I stared at a few pictures inside as I tried to become one with such concepts as “particle-wave duality.” Yet, in the myriad […]

  • Tell Me a Story: A Tradition Immersed in History

    Once upon a time… Everyone remembers the magic of a bedtime story, when tales of princesses and witches transported you from your bedroom to a land of enchantment and happily ever after, or the camping trip when a well-told ghost story kept you quaking and sleepless with fear in your tent. From childhood onward we […]

  • Blind Boys of Alabama Leader Clarence Fountain Passes

    “He woke me up early this mornin’. And I was clothed in my right mind. And the blood was still runnin’ warm in my veins. Yet somebody out there is too mean to say thank you Jesus, for another day’s journey.” That was the way Blind Boys of Alabama’s Clarence Fountain used to introduce “Look […]

  • C’mon Baby Take a Chance with Us: Breaking Down the Doors

    Let’s reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages Celebrate symbols in deep elder forests [Have you forgotten the lessons of the ancient war] Do you know we are being led to slaughters by placid admirals & that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood Do you know we are ruled by […]

  • NOTES FROM A TRUCK STOP: The Drunken Fool

    The desert is a hot place. A hot place to work. A hot place to sleep. A hot place to do anything, but there we all stood. Yes, we, just a bunch of us hard-core desert truckers, waiting outside a desert bar oasis known as the “Whispering Palms.” A sort of whiskey oasis for the […]

  • My Brother Was a Mother: A Zappa Family Odyssey

    There have been countless books written about Frank Zappa, who remains one of the greatest enigmas of rock ‘n’ roll. Attempts are made to understand his thought and artistic processes. Was he even a rock star? Jazz-prog musician? Avant-garde composer? Performance artist? Vaudeville troupe leader? He rose to the status of philosopher king and rock […]

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