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

Reader Comments

Given the avalanche of reader comments and questions I am starting to receive, I thought the most efficient way to reply would be to periodically answer several at once, so let's get to the mailbag. Dear Jim, What's with your obsession with Seth Godin, Bruce Springsteen, and Anna Kendrick? You seem to keep dropping their … Continue reading Reader Comments

Stuck in a Rut?

I'm a big fan of routine. As an example, here's part of my morning ritual: peel four bananas, and place into blender pour 24 ounces of water in blender, and blend for about 5 seconds go to the fridge and get out the romaine lettuce and baby spinach add a heart of romaine lettuce to … Continue reading Stuck in a Rut?

Do My Students Even Need Me Any More?

I guess the question in the title of this blog contains a bit of hubris, since it implies that at least at some point my students did need me. While it may be true that the best way to learn something is to teach it to yourself,  as a teacher, I have always believed (hoped?) that what … Continue reading Do My Students Even Need Me Any More?

Human Energizer Bunnies

I was reading the paper today, and there was a great story about Judy Collins, of "Both Sides Now" and "Send in the Clowns" fame. I was shocked to read that she is 75 years old! But quoting from the story: "(she) is still as enthusiastic about making music as she was in her heyday. … Continue reading Human Energizer Bunnies