Billy Squier: Reconnections, Recollections and Reflections

I’ve been enjoying a podcast series called “Songs of the Knight” on the Pods & Sods Podcast Network which has reacquainted me with the music of Billy Squier. Three hosts from different podcasts are going through, via discussion with each other on the ‘cast,  Squier’s discography chronologically album by album, with each episode focusing on…

Rush, Hell & the Summer of ’81

The stream turned blood orange red that summer. Back in the woods behind the apartment complex where I lived, my friends and I had spent the previous years building small dams, floating things and basically just hanging out.   The stream was a drainage stream, and not long after spring had melted into languorous longer days,…

Heavy Balloons and Len Zefflin: Led Zeppelin’s Name

Does it matter what a band calls itself? If the dice roll right and the stars align (and the music’s strong enough to have an impact) a cleverly chosen name can transcend its literal meaning and become more than the sum of its parts. Take for example, the name Led Zeppelin. It’s become such a…

The Big Ukulele Post

I’ve played the guitar off and on since I was about 15 years old.  I’ve taken lessons, gone through phases of practicing a lot, gone through phases of not playing at all.  I’ve been passably good at times (though I’m very rusty now!), but always found the guitar very challenging in some of the technical…