To John Prine, With Love From a Bartender

From a bartender’s perspective, you’ll never beat John Prine, and although I’m a songwriter, a singer and a storyteller as well, I think the shit-bar matriarch’s point of view is the one Mr. Prine might have enjoyed the most from me, had I ever had the fortune to meet him. Trade secret: she who rules … Continue reading To John Prine, With Love From a Bartender

Kobe Bryant and Getting Triggered

Yesterday, my social media feed became a solidified wall of Kobe Bryant. From shares and reshares of news stories to personal testimonies about the inspiring, heroic nature of the athlete who perished alongside his daughter Gianna in a helicopter accident Sunday morning. Lost also were John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser; Sarah and Payton … Continue reading Kobe Bryant and Getting Triggered

Fools On a Hill: Paul McCartney Live in Tiny Park

45 minutes into Paul McCartney’s set, I still don’t understand his body language. He’s the calmest performer I’ve ever seen. No jitters—or if they’re there, he’s buried them in affectations of confidence that never approach ego—and I keep thinking, “Boyish. He’s 75, and he’s boyish.” Why would he be nervous, though? He’s a Beatle, the … Continue reading Fools On a Hill: Paul McCartney Live in Tiny Park

The People That Can Find Whatever You May Need

There are a lot of photographs of Guns n’ Roses out there, a lot of promotional shots and video stills, and while I always liked those slicked up images, I prefer the one above. It appears impromptu, unpolished. Post-gig sweaty. Duff McKagan looks like he was just nose-first in a mountain of cocaine, and he … Continue reading The People That Can Find Whatever You May Need