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R.E.M.: Life And How To Live It

I’m pretty sure I’d never seen a man wearing eyeliner, let alone one stabbing, sweating and strutting his way shirtless across a stage back lit by 16mm film of fish swimming in slow-motion. I was in the second row. Standing on my seat for two hours...

Sunny On These Days

Tonight’s my first rock show in more than a year, and I’m a little bit freaked. Other than “A Holiday Benefit, Vol. IV” in December (where I performed two Christmas standards), and the “Forever Young” Benefit in October (ten cover...

Rachel Platten’s 53 Steps Into The Great Unknown

Most major music careers begin on modest stages. Springsteen cut his teeth at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. Elton John made his stateside splash at LA’s Troubadour. And Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta became Lady Gaga at Rockwood Music Hall. Of course,...

My Sunshine

Difficult to tell for sure, but I think today’s the day it clicked for Maggie. “Oh, that sound I keep hearing from the speakers is Daddy.” Maggie’s a handfull. I mean, she’s actually quite fun: short on tears, long on giggles and squeals....

Top Ten Christmas Songs That Rock

It’s presumably little surprise that I love Christmas songs. Not, like, all Christmas songs. Christmas songs with a backbeat. Christmas songs that rock. You, Dear Reader, may recall that it all began in the passenger seat of my brother’s Oldsmobile Cutlass...