Glenn Frey and the Art of Collaboration

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Glenn Frey, who passed away January 18 at age 67, did not shine in the spotlight like David Bowie did. His solo career was somewhat successful and had its moments, notably with the 1980s hits "The Heat Is On" "Smuggler's Blues," and "You Belong to the City." But he really ...

Don Henley’s “Cass County”: The Sweet Ache of Loss and Reflection

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

I knew I was going to like Don Henley's recently released country album, Cass County, the moment I heard Miranda Lambert's graceful vocal and the sweet harmonica on the opening song, Tift Merritt's "Bramble Rose." The melodic harmonica evoked "Sweet Virginia" from the Rolling Stones's Exile on Main St., and ...

How a janitor and “Hotel California” shaped me

Friday, July 8th, 2011

If I have enjoyed any success as a writer and marketer, I need to thank the guy who pushed a broom and carried out the trash at my junior high school in 1977. His name was Larry, and he introduced me to “Hotel California,” a rock epic that has influenced ...

To get creative, get "Lost"

Monday, May 17th, 2010

How do creative ideas flourish? The May 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly provides one perspective through an oral history of the development of the pilot episode of Lost, as told by many of the principal players, including J.J. Abrams. Two lessons emerge for me, and I think these are relevant ...

U2 and the revenge of "old media"

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Have you noticed U2's gutsy distribution strategy for the newly released No Line on the Horizon? I don't mean the predictable release of the album on MySpace prior to its March 3 launch in stores -- but rather the heavy reliance on an allegedly dead medium, the compact disc.  At ...

Let us now praise old rock and rollers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

On September 16, B.B. King turned 83, just weeks after releasing his latest recording, the well received One Kind Favor, and on the same day, 59-year-old Lindsey Buckingham blessed us with Gift of Screws, thus continuing a run of great music created by rock, country, and blues musicians who could ...

Baby Boomer fantasyland

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Have you heard of the new rock and roll amusement park, the Hard Rock Park? I'm not making this up. Hard Rock Park, opening June 2 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers a Led Zeppelin roller coaster, an "Eagles Life in the Fast Lane" coaster, and the Carnaby ...

Long road out of Wal-Mart

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

While the blogosphere was doting on Radiohead's digital release of In Rainbows, the Eagles were making their own attempt to sidestep the recording industry with the release of Long Road out of Eden. But I'm not so sure I get the Eagles' approach. For its first studio recording ...