Felix Hatfield’s Boundaries

Felix Hatfield’s approach to music is so deceptively unstudied, so casual, that, to the unschooled listener, it might hide his mastery. But this dude is a Songwriter – capitalization very much intended – by which I mean he’s someone who has made the discipline of songwriting, the effort to find the perfect alchemical synthesis between […]

Standing Rock

With all of our fears of what’s coming, with all of the “what ifs” and “maybes,” with all of our anxieties and projections and analysis, with all of our vigilance and refusal to let down our guard, let’s not be so wrapped in darkness that we forget to celebrate the historic, unprecedented gathering of Native […]

On Fake News

So, here’s the thing about the fake news controversy. It is not about checking a list to see which news sites are “fake” and which are “real.” That list that went around – I shared it – was certainly full of garbage news sites, but it’s not about creating a blacklist or telling people what to […]

Local Natives

That Local Natives show was a TRIP. First of all, I had a great time. Secondly, they are very nice and good at what they do. Thirdly, man – I didn’t get it at all. A friend I was hanging out with said it best: “This sounds like Christian Contemporary music.” And it did. It […]

Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano (born Rocco Francis Marchigiano) died on this day in 1969. He remains the only heavyweight champion in history to retire undefeated. He grew up poor in Brockton Massachusetts and discovered boxing in the Army, but only took to it as a career after doing stints as a ditch-digger, railroad layer and shoe-factory worker. […]

Dream Journal

An old dream, undated: I had the strangest, most intense, detailed, almost novelistic dream the other night. It concerned a community of Utopian religious believers who lived somewhere in the Appalachian mountains. They lived in a big, somewhat ramshackle ranch house on a property with several other shacks and barns, along with vintage pick-up trucks […]