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AI and Me and You and The Beatles


On May 7th, I received an email from my friend, Ryan Walsh asking me if I had any thoughts on this article for a piece he was writing for Stereogum. The good news was that I definitely had thoughts; the bad new was that I had ten-jillion of them, which, of course, is just too many thoughts for a [...]

Anatomy of a Fun-rangement


Today, I’m releasing the EP Domain Vol. 2 (Electronic Fun-rangements of Civil War Songs), my second and probably/maybe final EP of Civil War songs.

EP Number 3


Today, I’m releasing the third EP in what has been a July of EP releases.

Let’s Talk About Love


I think it’s fair to say that each of us can look back on our childhood(s) and remember times when we did our dang best to make sense of something, but, due to our limited understanding and experience with the world, just couldn’t put the pieces together correctly.

Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby


I feel like it’s fair to say that I roll deeper with Rosemary’s Baby than I do with possibly any other film that DIDN’T depict events taking place on Saturday, March 4th, 1984 at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois (60062).

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).[...]

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.

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.

The Case for Adding Two Beats to the Alphabet Song


You can also read this post on medium.com. Let’s talk about the first half of the American English version of "The Alphabet Song" for a minute. This is the iconic tune which, for many/most of us, was our first introduction to the foundational building-blocks of the English language. [...]

NPR and, Tangentially, Prince


A while back, I received a call to improvise a "Heartbreaker"-meets-"When-Doves-Cry" guitar solo for a PSA that the city of Boston was doing to promote safety on the T. As is often the case with these sorts of projects, though the production department loved it, whoever had the final say thought[...]