Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt

I first fell in love with Bonnie Raitt 47 years ago when she did a concert at my college. Seeing her again this weekend only reinforced my affection for her, so I wrote this piece.

The People vs. Piano Man

The People vs. Piano Man

Billy Joel’s CBS concert special tonight reminded me of this piece by Tom Smyth, in which he imagines what it was like the first time Billy played “Piano Man” for the bar regulars he wrote about in the song.

Is It Done Yet?

Is It Done Yet?

Musings on how a songwriter — or any creative person — knows when the project they’re working on is done.

Turn The Lights Back Off!

Turn The Lights Back Off!

Watching Billy Joel perform his new song at the Grammys was painful — not because of the tune, which was fine, but because of the way it was broadcast. Allow me to elucidate.

The Greatest Night In Pop

The Greatest Night In Pop

The Netflix documentary about the making of “We Are The World” deserves a place in the pantheon of great music movies. Here’s a review and my memories of hearing the song for the first time.

Another Late Show

Another Late Show

I support the Madonna fans suing her for starting a concert really late — because I’ve had to sit through similar arrogant behavior by another big music star. Here are the details.

Movie Review: “The Last Repair Shop”

Movie Review: “The Last Repair Shop”

Here’s a movie that put a big smile on my face. It’s about the craftspeople who repair musical instruments for kids in Los Angeles schools. You can watch this likely Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject right here.

Bandoneon

Bandoneon

I have been to a lot of concerts in my life and seen musicians playing a great variety of instruments. But I didn’t know there was something called a bandoneon until this recent encounter.

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