Regarding Music

Wednesday, February 3 2016

Lyricist Lounging

Lyricist at work in the West Village or maybe this is Hudson Square

"Just tryin' to write some lyrics," he said.

On the topic of: Artists, Hudson Square, Manhattan, Music, NYC, Songcraft

Thursday, April 30 2015

Observing Leslie Allison's Bath Piece at the Room and Board Salon

Leslie Allison's Bath Piece at the Room and Board Salon #4

I'm observing Leslie Allison's Bath Piece at the Room and Board Salon #4

On the topic of: Art, Brooklyn, Events, Music, NYC, Performances, Williamsburg

Sunday, March 8 2015

Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon

Woman's Day sign in front of Basik bar in East Williamsburg

It's International Woman's Day. I didn't know this was a thing. Why didn't I learn about this day until now, on a bar sign?

On the topic of: Brooklyn, Equality, Music, Women

Tuesday, November 4 2014

New Orleans, Day 4: One Man in His Time Plays Many Parts, Including the Stop Sign

dirtbag drunk dude banging on stop sign with brass band

He's definitely not with the band.

On the topic of: Brass Bands, Dirtbags, Improvisation, Jazz, Music, New Orleans, Street Performances

Sunday, October 26 2014

Exit: Music or The Available Known Works of Philip Glass for Which There Were Manuscripts Have Been Scanned and I Am Now Out Of Work

dunvagen archiving workstation

I started this gig in 2010. 

On the topic of: Archiving, Dunvagen, Jobs, Journeys, Music, Philip Glass

Wednesday, September 10 2014

Boss Battle: Philip Glass vs. Steve Reich

BAM's front steps Philip Glass Steve Reich concert

I've just left the Philip Glass and Steve Reich battle, which the venue politely billed as a concert. I was, of course, rooting for the home team.

On the topic of: BAM, Brooklyn, Music, Performances, Philip Glass

Tuesday, August 19 2014

I'm so Gwarek, I can hardly Vordhosbn myself

Aphex Twin logo spray painted williamsburg sidewalk

I could not be more excited by a spray-painted thing on the sidewalk. There's an Aphex Twin album scheduled to be released in September. No doubt this is foretelling the arrival of that.

On the topic of: Aphex Twin, Brooklyn, Graffiti, Logos, Music, Streets, Vandalism, Willliamsburg

Thursday, August 7 2014

Batman Above Myrtle Ave JMZ Stop

young man rooftop bed-stuy

A young man perches atop a building near the Myrtle JMZ stop. He was rapping along to what could only be Rick Ross in his headphones, judging from what I heard: the third grade vocabulary, misanthropic content, and languid intonation, 

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Music, Perches, Rap, Snapshots, Street Life, Urban Life

Monday, June 2 2014

Chicken Grease on the Sidewalk

CHICKEN GREASE graffiti in sidewalk

I can only assume that this refers to the D'Angelo song by the same name, because that's the first and only thing I think of when I read or hear about chicken grease.

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Graffiti, Music, Sidewalks, Streets

Thursday, May 29 2014


I got to thinking tonight about words typically associated with slaugter used to explain the quality of a musical performance. Some of those slaughterin' words have a positive connotation. Others have a negative connotation.

If I told you the old man with the guitar was killing it when singing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Helpless" and the old guy with the keyboard murdered an Al Green tune, "Here I Am" done in the reggae style of UB40's cover, which would you think was the better performer?

On the topic of: Buskers, Entertainment, Manhattan, Music, Musicians, Nights, NYC, Performers, Semantics, Subways

Thursday, January 30 2014

A Viewmaster Disc from the Archive

Viewmaster disc from Einstein on the Beach

I brought my D800E to the office to photograph the boss' wallets and other ephemera and their contents. The intent is to document everything in situ.

What's inside the wallets, notepads, planners, and envelopes is a collection of mostly mundane things, like YMCA membership cards, phone numbers on scraps of paper, and taxi receipts. But, since these mundane things are from the mid-1970's, around the time Einstein premiered, they could be a part of the story of the creation of that masterpiece. So, into the archive they go, one scan at a time.

On the topic of: Archiving, Artifacts, Music

Sunday, April 28 2013

Moving Out

I'm moving out of Band Spaces Williamsburg tonight. My drums and I have inhabited rehearsal room E10, a closet-sized 4.5' x 4.5' since October 2010. I'm moving in to Savaria Studios 2.0, a recently created cluster of rehearsal spaces in South Williamsburg's Pfizer building.

On the topic of: Hallways, Music

Monday, August 20 2012

Lament for Frank Farina

two shots two beers

Frank Farina was my music teacher in high school and, maybe more famously around the regional high school band scene, our marching band director at North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) in Wexford, PA, a suburb of the city of Pittsburgh. He died on August 15, 2012.

On the topic of: Death, High School, Intoxication, Music, Pittsburgh, Wexford

Tuesday, February 28 2012

Tickets! To Bjork and Squarepusher!

That both Bjork and Squarepusher would be in town within weeks of one another is reason enough to live in NYC.

On the topic of: Music, NYC, Things

Sunday, February 26 2012

On the Wall At The Armory

When you see things like your employer on a wall with a pullquote of praise about how he's changed the shape of music, you think you yourself, my job is pretty cool.

On the topic of: Employers, Music, NYC