Tag Archives: music

Matter of Record

How was your week? Mine was a little stressful. Here’s why. Some time ago, Ginny and I decided to add a fireplace to our home, forgetting the old adage (I just made up now) that when you add something, something … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Man Who Made Album Covers Sing

John Berg has died.  You may not know his name, but you know his work. I guarantee it. Berg was Columbia Records’ Grammy-winning art director, the man responsible for some of the most iconic album covers of all time. The … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Man Who Made Album Covers Sing


Saddened to learn of the passing of long-time WDAY promotions director Roy “Pete” Peterson. I didn’t know Roy personally. I wish I had. I did know his work. He played a huge role in shaping WDAY’s identity as a station … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Pete

Mad Music

So, Mad Men has ended with a something of a whimper rather than a big bang.   The series ends with the lives of most of the major characters taking somewhat uncharacteristically positive turns. The one exception was poor January … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Mad Music


Saturday is Record Store Day, an annual event, begun in 2007 to recognize independent record stores around the country.  Instead of downloading a piece of music or ordering a CD from Amazon, some people still get in their cars, drive … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Vinyl

A Southern Life

Hundreds of books have been written about Elvis Presley.  Yes, hundreds.  I’ve read quite a few, including what many consider to be the definite Elvis biography, Peter Guralnick’s two-volume Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. But here are some … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on A Southern Life

Zombie Empire

Remember  the Sony Pictures hacking scandal a few weeks back? Hackers released a ton of confidential data belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment, including personal information about Sony employees, their salaries and whatnot.  It provided a glimpse of who was doing … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Joe Cocker

Several years ago I was asked to welcome the audience to a Guess Who concert at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.  The opening act was Joe Cocker. Waiting to “go on” to delivery my little welcoming speech, I was … Continue reading

Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Dawn Sears

Sad to learn of the passing yesterday of Dawn Sears.  Dawn was an established and respected singer in Nashville, a member of the Grammy Award nominated group The Time Jumpers which includes singer/guitarist Vince Gill and her musician husband Kenny … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Is That All There Is?

It’s book report time once again, boys and girls.  The book in question this time is James Gavin’s new biography Is Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee. Full disclosure first.  I have been a Peggy … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments