Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

I know, it's not necessarily the most uplifting of topics to write about, but it's amazing what ideas pop into your head when you've got a deadline. I recently wrote about the best songs to accompany graduation, and so I started thinking about other major life events where music can play a key role. My … Continue reading Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

Forget about That $4.6 Million Lunch with Warren Buffett; This Would Be Way More Fun

This past week, an anonymous fan bid a record $4,567,888 in a charity auction to have lunch with Warren Buffett, topping the previous record of $3,456,789. The annual auction for lunch with the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Chairman has raised almost $30 million for San Francisco charity Glide, a favorite cause of Mr. Buffett’s first wife, … Continue reading Forget about That $4.6 Million Lunch with Warren Buffett; This Would Be Way More Fun

Music Monday: This Is What Music Can Do To Us

I'm guessing that many of you have already seen this video, and if you have, it's worth seeing again. If you haven't seen it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (it's at the end of the post). The video of 11-month old Thomas A. was recorded by his mom while they … Continue reading Music Monday: This Is What Music Can Do To Us

Music Monday: The Top 25 Songs That Matter Now

The New York Times recently published, "The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now" in an attempt to highlight songs that capture the current mood of our country. The editors note that the songs selected represent a very earnest, very serious desire to find the right reaction to a world that feels tense and high-stakes … Continue reading Music Monday: The Top 25 Songs That Matter Now

Music Monday: Springsteen on Broadway, via Netflix

My wife and I finally got around to watching Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show that was released on Netflix on December 18. We would have loved to have seen it live, but the price and logistics made it difficult. From first line to last bow, the film includes the full length of Springsteen’s theatrical creation. Watching … Continue reading Music Monday: Springsteen on Broadway, via Netflix

Music Monday – You’re Missing

Well, he's certainly not a new artist, but he still brings the same passion to his concerts that he did over 40 years ago when he was just starting out. And while he may be best known for playing lead guitar with the E Street Band in front of sold-out stadiums, he's also just as … Continue reading Music Monday – You’re Missing

Is Your Streaming Music Playlist Guilty of Recency Bias?

It's Advertising Week in New York City (hopefully you were aware of that, otherwise you'd have to wonder about the advertising capability of the people running the conference.) Anyway, one of the panel sessions was "Driving the Future of Voice Activation" and one of the panel members, Barrak Moffitt, executive VP of content strategies and partnerships … Continue reading Is Your Streaming Music Playlist Guilty of Recency Bias?

A Peaceful, Easy Anniversary

Today was our 37th wedding anniversary, and I knew it was going to be tough to top what I wrote last year, 36 F***ing Great Years, so I'm not even going to try. It was a pretty typical day; we both taught, got some takeout for dinner, and watched World News Tonight and the season premiere … Continue reading A Peaceful, Easy Anniversary

Meerkat, Periscope, and Younow – the Next Killer Apps?

There seems to be a battle brewing in the world of live video streaming over Twitter. Such a service turns anyone with a smartphone into a broadcaster. The two apps that are competing head to head are Meerkat and Periscope. Meerkat was released about a month ago and Periscope was just released yesterday. At this point, … Continue reading Meerkat, Periscope, and Younow – the Next Killer Apps?

So Do Something, and May His Song Be Sung

Harry Chapin, of Taxi" and "Cat's in the Cradle" fame, was one of the greatest singer-songwriters, social activists, humanitarians, and philanthropists to live. He was well known for "playing one night for me, one night for the other guy." After his life was tragically cut short in 1981 at the age of 38, he was … Continue reading So Do Something, and May His Song Be Sung