spirit and soul

There should be a medal for people like Graham Brown.Perseverence?Optimism in the face of apathy?Either as a sideman/collaborator or leader of his own band, Brown has done valuable work. He’s figured sharply as a guitar player or songwriter with Jr. Gone Wild,...

swank revisited

Swank’s Keep It Together isn’t retro but it could have been.It isn’t of its time but it isn’t timeless either.If it had been released in 1965 or 66, it might be revered as a classic “lost” record a decade or so later.Yet it...

the other prince philip

Woman, musician, daredevil, the 99 years of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, would have been dramatically different if he had his way.As it is, most people know very little about him, except that he was grand dad to Sir Harry whose wife is that Meghan creature.And...

ben

Benedict Patrick Bulhozer died 15 years ago. I came across his record, Really Like To Live, while going through my Vancouver vinyl a few months ago , and have been thinking more of him since then. I can’t say we were best of friends – we didn’t have...

al harlow now

Anyone who knows and has followed Al Harlow for 40 or more years might be thinking Al Harlow At Last.Instead of getting the Harlow album they were long expecting, they’re getting Now, unbelievably Al’s first solo album. A lot can be read into an album...

a rainbow like you

I had a little trouble positioning myself as I read Andrea Fehsenfeld’s A Rainbow Like You. One one hand it tells the tale of a rock musician but, on the other, how media willfully can misrepresent somebody, often for their own ambitions.I’ve been both, a...