About 2019: Albums

My very favorite album of 2019 contains the following stanza: The day my daddy died/I was down the street/I lost my only friend/people don’t grow on trees. This awkward, guileless verse was not artfully muffled, or hidden in an outro, or ‘verbed out and tucked into the mix. It is, like all of the other […]

About 2019: Singles

The Song That Shook The World At the risk of stating the obvious, 7 is by no means a good set. Then again, it’s not like the principals were trying to make one. If you were in Lil Nas X’s position, you probably wouldn’t sweat the details, either: you’d figure the sell-by date was coming at […]

About 2019 — Individual Achievements

In my life, I’ve encountered people who are truly committed to social justice, equality, fairness, and a political program that might reasonably be called progressive. I’m always struck by how many of these people are Rush fans.  Dedicated fans, too; fans who’d surely count the members of Rush among their favorite musicians, if not their personal […]

About 2019: Miscellaneous Stuff

You Didn’t Think You Were Getting Away Without A Topical Essay, Did You? America is twenty-two trillion dollars in debt. That this is a fiscal crisis should be obvious to everyone. It’s also a moral crisis. Regardless, the current administration continues to boast about the rude health of the national economy. The value of the stock market […]