Innovation in the Air Tonight

Innovation in the Air Tonight

So, this is how my brain works: I read that Phil Collins has a new memoir out; As a fan, I watch several interviews with Collins on YouTube; In one interview, he discusses the recording of “In the Air Tonight” from his first solo album in 1981; Collins states that the song’s famous drum fill […]

A “Music Lesson” in Self-Awareness

A “Music Lesson” in Self-Awareness

What do Bruce Springsteen and self-awareness have in common? A lot, it turns out. In a recent article on Forbes.com titled “The Boss Gives A Leadership Lesson In Self-Awareness,” author John Baldoni cites a Springsteen interview in which he discusses his new autobiography. Musing on his early days as a songwriter, Springsteen recalls thinking: “If I’m going […]

Celebrating 25 Years of “Nevermind”

Celebrating 25 Years of “Nevermind”

My first copy of Nirvana’s Nevermind — which came out 25 years ago last week — was on cassette. I distinctly remember popping it into my Sony Walkman as I walked to the train at 69th Street Station (or whatever it’s called these days). I wasn’t familiar with the band or its music; although my […]

Time to Say Goodbye to an Old Friend

Time to Say Goodbye to an Old Friend

As a musician, I pay careful attention to sound. That’s why an article in the August 28 Philadelphia Inquirer caught my attention. The massive, ever-flipping departures board at 30th Street Station in Philly is going away. Amtrak is replacing the board – which has been a station icon for more than three decades – with a digital one. Better […]