Blog Rebooting and a Self Interview

The Music To Eat blog has lied fallow the last few months. Taking a breather, as it were- its first lengthy one since starting seven years ago. It’s back with a new design, and, while not exactly a new direction, maybe a slightly different feel.  This is one of those blogs that’s too eclectic for…

Reflections on Frey, Bowie, and “Take It Easy”

With David Bowie and Glenn Frey both dying unexpectedly this week, social media and the news have been abuzz. And rightly so. Both, Bowie especially, made huge contributions to popular music. Of course, you can’t really compare the two because (as the cliché goes), it’s like comparing apples and oranges.   Yet, Bowie and Frey –…

Roundup of Recent (W)riting

I was in Florida last week and was lucky to catch Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers at the historic Capitol Theater in Clearwater.  My review of the show is up at No Depression. Also, while I was “standing on the beach”, Jackson Browne was about to put a new album out called “Standing in the…

Josh Rouse’s “La Gran Familia Espanola” soundtrack

I haven’t seen La Gran Familia Espanola, the movie attached to Josh Rouse’s soundtrack. But, chances are you haven’t either.  After all, it’s from Spain and has only had limited release in North America (under the title The Family United). This is okay, because we’re talking about a soundtrack here. Something to be listened to…

The Disco Days (Daze?) of Rock

The other day, I stumbled upon an online article (including video clips) about a 1974 German TV appearance by rootsy rock band Dr. Hook. Dr. Hook is/was primarily known for their single “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” and their collaborations with sometime-children’s author Shel Silverstein.  In the early 70’s Dr. Hook seemed a pretty…

Album art – Steve Hackett’s “Genesis Revisited II”

From the website Genesis News, comes the below story of the photo adorning the new “Genesis Revisited II” album by Steve Hackett. You’ll recall that Hackett was Genesis’ guitarist from 1971 to 1977 – their “prog” heyday (Peter Gabriel dressed as a flower or wearing a fox’s head, Phil Collins with long hair and a…