Recent (W)riting Roundup

Some recent music writing I’ve done, published in various places: Steve Tibbetts: “Northern Song” and the Sounds of Silence An article and interview I wrote for All About Jazz about one of my favorite albums. An album, I was to learn, that was not without it’s difficulties and darkness! Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil: “Cycle”…

Ed Woltil: “Paper Boats”

Paper boats have to be constructed well or they sink. The songs on Ed Woltil’s new album, Paper Boats: A Reverie in Thirteen Acts, are marvels of construction.  They float, sail, and motor along – each a three or four minute work of art. Woltil’s had a long time to perfect his craft. In the…

2011: Favorites of the Year

This was going to be my top 10 favorite albums released in 2011, but it’s turned out to be 15.  And why not? Why does everybody always have to do top 10 lists? Top 15 lists are better. Really. Here they are (in no particular order), with a sample track from each: A Hidden Wholeness,…

Of Headlights and Ditchflowers

If you don’t use your headlights, you’re going to be seeing those flowers in the ditch really close up.  Hmmm, never mind… In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, there was a band in the Tampa Bay area called The Headlights.  In a hot and humid local music scene dominated by a lot of hair bands,…