Melissa Mathison 1950-2015

November 7, 2015

Melissa Mathison 1950-2015 “She liked epiphanies,” Steven Spielberg recalled As she became history maybe mystery enthralled “E.T. phone home” was everywhere it seemed She didn’t know but she made the first meme From Oz to Odyssey, many times told seems odd to me how it never gets old but if in the retelling the phrasing has … Read More

In The Studio: Recording The Kingdom of Summer Album

October 14, 2015

I am currently at work on recording a collection of songs for a new album to be called “The Kingdom of Summer”. I’ve spent the summer laying down basic tracks with Andrew Atkin at The Thread Arts Collective in Easthampton and anticipate a release date of March, 2016. The album is being produced by Joe … Read More

Summertime

July 28, 2015

Summertime George and Ira, arias and blues have to admire those New York Jews “I loves you, Porgy. Don’t leave me here.” They would of course be familiar with fear and caustic squalor and bitter fruit Wagner trumps Mahler with sharp-edged boots They sat at the piano on the Upper West Side mapping a plan … Read More

The Great Escape

July 16, 2015

  Fifty years ago these Iowa Amish boys fled to the shelter of cornfields rather than obey the law that compelled them to attend public schools. I was just a little older than these boys but oh how did I look up to them. A few years earlier I had also escaped to these same fields. … Read More

Thou Shalt Not….Not Dance

June 24, 2015

Like all of us, upon occasion I wake up with the thought of “What is the greatest commandment, anyhow?” And so we bring it up at breakfast pretending like we really know and are just trying to generate some fun table talk but our teenage kids see right through us and eyes are rolled and … Read More

The Kingdom of Summer

June 22, 2015

Our Kingdom Come. Not the one of other worlds. But right here. Now. In the slant of sun off June water. We are princes, princesses, kings and queens. Today we are divine. World without End. Amen. [music_store_product id=”557″] Late afternoon Twenty-first of June Light in the trees, reflected from the water A lake, a breeze, … Read More

Flying Down to Rio

June 21, 2015

When Fred Astaire died on June 22, 1987, Ginger Rogers was living alone on her Rogue River ranch in Oregon. Their last movie was almost forty years before (“The Barkleys of Broadway“) and while Fred and Ginger had parted amicably and remained friends, their iconic onscreen romance of the 1930’s was in the distant past. … Read More