songwriting

On Prince’s “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”

May 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

Prince died a week ago. I’m really bummed about it. I’ve had some really good friends rave about how life-changing his shows are, and I kept convincing myself that I’d actually go to one. That can’t happen anymore, and it reminds me to take advantage of what exists in the now as much as I can. What I have now is his entire discography, pulled together from various sources since I started listening to Prince regularly in my adult life.[^1]Read More

Peak live music, or no more surprises

February 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

What do you do when you stop caring about something you used to love? I moved to Salem, MA and basically stopped actively seeking live music. I still see live music – say, when my girlfriend and I go out to brunch and a jazz band happens to be performing there, or when a once-in-a-lifetime performance in the city happens – but for years I would spend hundreds of dollars almost every month trying to see as many bands asRead More

In Defense of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

December 6, 2015 Featured, Uncategorized

Music that challenged me in 2015, part one I haven’t written a “favorite albums” list in a few years, mostly because I realized that mine were virtually identical to most of those my friends would write up. That’s one of the unfortunate downsides of having friends in the music industry: if a band gets enough hype to be in a Top 10 list, everyone’s talking about that band. 2015 was one of the first years in a while, though, inRead More

Many voices, but only me in the room

October 10, 2015 Uncategorized

There’s an interview with Annie Clark and David Byrne in which they describe their working relationship for Love This Giant: DB: This was a more intertwined collaboration than most I’ve done. In many ways it was more democratic — we were constantly bouncing what we were doing off one another. Which is creatively great, but also slow — democracy is slow. [laughs] AC: The tech-y stuff was a headache, honestly. We’d send files back and forth in [music program] Logic, and because I hadRead More

April 18, 2013 Uncategorized

I should post more. So the marathon tragedy thing happened. I don’t usually get emotional about things like this but having it happen so close and with so much uncertainty was especially unsettling this time. (Relying on Twitter and local news for updates clearly didn’t help, either.) I can’t anything more emotionally valid or witty or powerful than what’s already been said, so I won’t bother. I spent Monday evening working on an arrangement of a song that a friendRead More

March 4, 2013 Uncategorized

0PfU6VaMqSzqiKAsr9KCW8 This song (and most of the album) are causing me to change the way I approach writing music. Fantastic use of rhythm, pedal tones, dance/drum+bass/world music, and just so so dense. Listen now.