Poem: Born during the Korean War

Born during the Korean War Born during the Korean War, Raised in the 1950s and 1960s Stay at home mom and hard working dad They gave us a better chance than they ever had. And were glad they did, but never told them. Eisenhower was president when we started school, Boys wore flat-tops, tee-shirts, and… Continue reading Poem: Born during the Korean War

Review: Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – And the Journey of a Generation

Tonight I watched a new installment of PBS’ My Music series. Founding Supremes singer Mary Wilson served as the host of the program showcasing many classic female singers and girl groups of the 1960s. It showcased seventeen of the singers/groups. Watching it reminded me of the book “Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly… Continue reading Review: Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – And the Journey of a Generation

Why I Write

Today is Thursday March 21, 2013.  In 1946, George Orwell (his real name was Eric Arthur Blair) wrote an essay titled “Why I Write”. It detailed his personal journey to becoming a writer. Orwell lists “four great motives for writing” which he feels exist in every writer. He explains that all are present, but in different proportions, and… Continue reading Why I Write

Review: Papa John – An Autobiography: A Music Legend’s Shattering Journey Though Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Return with me to those glorious days of the 1960’s when we transitioned from folk music to folk rock. You will enjoy this book if you like a brutally honest account of the seedy side of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. John Phillips was driven, hugely talented, lucky, and a beast in terms of… Continue reading Review: Papa John – An Autobiography: A Music Legend’s Shattering Journey Though Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Review: I, Me, Mine

“I, Me, Mine” by George Harrison was an extremely challenging read. The book was at times boring, has poor structure, and lacked direction. You can feel George Harrison’s dry wit and humor in the pages of the book with the key word being dry. Don’t expect to learn a lot about Harrison. The book lacks… Continue reading Review: I, Me, Mine

Review: Clapton: The Autobiography

Biographies are a passion for me. I approach each with an open mind ready to hear the writer’s story. My interest in music, love of rock and roll, and respect for great guitar musicianship lead me to read Eric Clapton’s autobiography. Sex, booze, drugs and rock and roll fill the celebrated guitarist’s autobiography. As he… Continue reading Review: Clapton: The Autobiography