Music Monday: Local Artist Doing His Part To Get Us Through Covid-19

Back on March 15, local musician Scott McClatchy started his "Mission To Civilize Internet Guitar Pull" on his Facebook page. A guitar pull is a southern tradition where a small group of musicians sit around and take turns playing songs on a guitar. Scott started the tradition as a way to bring music to people … Continue reading Music Monday: Local Artist Doing His Part To Get Us Through Covid-19

Well That Wasn’t The Answer I Was Hoping For! But…

A recent headline caught my attention immediately: What is the ideal age to retire? It's a question I've been giving more and more thought to, now that I'm getting, well, you know... I was hoping the article was going to reveal that the ideal age was sooner than I thought, which would mean I was … Continue reading Well That Wasn’t The Answer I Was Hoping For! But…

Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Harry Chapin is one of the all-time great singer-songwriters who died way too young. One of my first blog posts five years ago ever was about Harry, and it remains one of my favorite posts. If you don't know much about Harry, that post can get you up to speed. It was my future wife … Continue reading Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Follow Your Passion? Nah, Try This Instead.

In this week's Pinkcast, Dan interviews Tom Rath, New York Times bestselling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket?, and Eat Move Sleep. Tom has just published his most recent book, Life's Great Question, and that is the focus of the Pinkcast. I have been a fan of StrengthsFinder 2.0 since it was … Continue reading Follow Your Passion? Nah, Try This Instead.

Music Monday: Music with a Message

Maybe I'm just lazy. I think I have enough favorite music from the late 60s and 70s to get me through the rest of my life. Plus, many of the artists from back then continued to put out great albums for years, and sometimes decades, later. (one example, of course, is Bruce Springsteen). I'll admit … Continue reading Music Monday: Music with a Message

The Power of Poetry

I'll admit that I wasn't much into poetry growing up. In school, it seemed as if poetry was used as the vehicle to enhance our memorization skills, and that was fine with me. I found memorizing poems easy; understanding what the poet was trying to say, impossible. So once I finished high school, I probably … Continue reading The Power of Poetry

Music Monday: Coding, Operating, and Performing – You Can Have it All

No worries, members of high school and college bands and performing groups. There is no need to end your participation once you graduate school. A number of companies have their own in-house musical groups. In a recent Wall Street Journal story, Chip Cutter writes about how many tech companies have their own in-house orchestras, bands, … Continue reading Music Monday: Coding, Operating, and Performing – You Can Have it All

What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Serendipity strikes again. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Nashville Noise by Coti Howell, and she had a post about Pandora announcing its country artists to watch for 2020. There are 15 artists on the list, and I started checking out each one by going to YouTube and looking for some of their … Continue reading Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message

I can't say I know much about punk rock, but it is cool being friends with the lead singer and guitarist of a punk rock band. I've written about Bud Drago before; he is a fellow faculty member at Villanova, and was a member of a London punk rock band going back to the late … Continue reading Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message