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Defensible Lyrics 2


This is the long-time-coming-but-not-necessarily-long-awaited second entry in my "Defensible Lyrics" series of blog posts, wherein I cite lyrics that I find to be -- you guessed it -- defensible. The first post can be found here. The lyrics included in this particular post are all thematical[...]
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If You Start Me Up I’ll Never Stop


Background Sibelius, apart from being the name of a steroidally self-critical composer, is a music engraving/notation computer software product. It’s used by over a jillion people every day and is an extra-vital part of my particular music-creating process (or, say, Alphabet Song transcribing).[...]
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Draft Pick


I was looking through my folder of blog ideas this morning in an effort to find something awesome to develop into a new post* and came across an old entry entitled “Musicians from Another Planet,” the content of which consisted of the below, utterly incomplete list.

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Parental Guidance is Suggested


For years, I’ve maintained a list of personally-authored, would-be Facebook status-updates that, in a perfect world, I’d LIKE to post, but due to there actually being social consequences for the things we say and do, I don’t.

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Joel in the Typing Pool

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Note: Just to be completely up-front so we don’t have a recreation of last-blog-post’s disappointment: At no time did I or am I planning to record a version of “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes.

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Me and “Me and Bobby McGee”


I don’t consider myself to be a Janis Joplin fan. I don’t dislike Janis Joplin; I just kind of don’t really consider her. The only reason she’s even on my musical radar is that I’m a Willie Nelson fan, which means that I’m ambiently aware of Kris Kristofferson and Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” a version of which was, of course, sung by Janis Joplin.

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An Open Customer Complaint to the AMC Assembly Row 12 Movie Theatre

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Hi there, AMC.

I attended a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron in theater* seven of the AMC Assembly Row 12 movie theatre this past Sunday at 4:45pm.

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Pride Comes Before the Fall


I added music to one of my all-time favorite Internet videos.

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My Friend Kevin

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Kevin Micka: The Self-Contained Collaborator I met Kevin Micka in the early-to-mid-1990s in Connecticut. He had made the trip down from Newton, MA to Hartford where he was practicing with a band fronted by a mutual friend. I happened to be at the mutual friend's house hanging out when Kevin a[...]
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My Friend BJ


  Here’s a story about my friend BJ, which I’ll call: BJ Warshaw and How Life Works SometimesI met BJ while living in Brooklyn, NY in the year 2000. We were both music/band-people and we met through other, mutual music/band-people-friends. Fifteen years later, BJ is still a mus[...]