Friend and fellow photographer Joe (https://www.jwsmithphoto.com) wrote me a letter. This wasn’t some email or message over social media. It was a good old actual letter requiring a postage stamp. More on that in a minute. Continue reading
One of the last blog posts I do each year is cover the music I listened to the most, and sharing it with others. Continue reading
Note: My 2018 Track Selections Are At The Bottom Of The Post – but please read the entire thing! Continue reading
A couple friends recently made posts about the 10 albums that affected them. See Alex’s list at this link. See my friend Jeff’s post here. This was great for a couple reasons. I am also nostalgic about the music I have listened to over the years, especially with an overflowing rack of CDs. The second was also to remind people that Facebook sucks and they will vacuum up the data from your personal posts and build more data on you. In addition, as Alex said, #SayNoToWalledGardens. Continue reading
2017: A Sense of Loss
Like any year, we lose amazing artists whose contributions were immense. 2017 seemed to be an especially sad year. Some I couldn’t even image what rock music would be like (Fats Domino and Chuck Berry). Continue reading
This music page covers my interests and passions for the sonic arts. Although I am a visual learner and a visual artist, music is probably the art I spend the most time being a patron.
My musical interests are wide and varied. I have an extended CD collection with some vinyl. I often say that I have everything from Slayer to Mozart in my music collection, which is true. All of my music has been legally obtained. I still prefer physical media, although I do convert much of it to digital for use on my computer and phone. I am in the process of cataloging my entire collection on Discogs.
These days, I prefer to listen to independent rock, metal, electronic, and ambient. But, I own a little of everything. An entire afternoon lost in listening to a great album is not a wasted moment to me. Its a great way to grasp the subtleties in the work.
I believe in the value of Record Stores. I greatly miss the local stores I used to visit regularly, like Tower Records and Music Trader. One of my favorite things to do is visit a local store, and immediately turn on the Shazam app on my phone. I have discovered so much new work this way.
Here are a couple local stores I recommend:
If you’re in Hollywood: Amoeba Music
If you’re in the Inland Empire: Mad Platter
Don’t forget that April 21, 2018 is Record Store Day. Go visit your independent record store and keep them in business!
RIP Scott Weiland
RIP Scott Weiland. In the end, I suppose it was a miracle he made it to 48 years. After a life blessed with incredible talent and cursed by unstoppable drug use, it is time to reminisce. Continue reading