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The Musicologists

Just been thinking about music and this is what came up...

“Grown-Up Anger” A Rocking Read

Rock music has found some of it’s most passionate expression as a result of anger. From the teenage angst of the Seattle ‘Grunge’ scene to Neil Young’s wrath in “Ohio,” to the recent plight of musical artists responding to the current state of affairs, universal...

Grammy Night All About The Ladies

How good might a night of entertainment be when your opening act is Adele? Well, in the case of the the 59th Grammy Awards, mighty good indeed. Viewers collectively shared an ethereal Last Supper with Beyonce and her crazy chair, a peek over the fence into a mirrored...

Robbie Robertson Testifies To His Life

So the question occasionally comes up “What rock star would you like to sit down and have a beer with or maybe even a gummy bear? First you’d have to break the question down to dead or alive, then decide if you can have the whole band or just one member. After you...

Rock Star Or Sports Star?

When my son grows up I want him to be a rock star. Now that may not be a surprising comment from someone who writes a music column or spends his day job on the air at a radio station; however, it is contrary to many parents in America. In a sports obsessed nation,...

La La Land Soars

So La La Land received a record number of nominations from The Academy of Motion Pictures recently and the debate began in earnest. Is this musical a bold cinematic step forward or a rather slow moving average romantic comedy with dancing? Are the actors superbly...

7 Killings Is A Great Rock and Roll Book

I always planned on writing the great American novel. The good news is I no longer have to. Marlon James has done it for me. His lengthy master piece called “A Brief History of Seven Killings” is a definite killer but it’s far from brief. This near seven hundred-page...

Tom Genes’ Music Lover Gift Guide

I think most holiday gift guides in magazines and blogs are written with one of two motivations. One is to pacify advertisers by mentioning their items. The other reason would be that the author would really like to get the items himself. With zero ad revenue tied to...

Bonfire Dub Lays Down Their Gypsy Roots

Scotty Stoughton officially qualifies for the title World Traveler. He has also, for the last dozen years or so, been quite ingrained in the Vail Valley music scene. His travels have taken him to the far reaches of the planet from war torn Nicaragua to the canals of...

Tom Genes On Leon Russell

I remember watching Leon Russell on the Midnight Special. I am not sure if I was frightened or awed. His golden locks flowing while pounding on the piano to “Tight Rope”. I thought he was cool. Then I saw a similar looking guy on a video of George Harrison’s Concert...

Leonard Cohen Passes At Age 82

A statement on Leonard Cohen's FaceBook page has confirmed the passing got the legendary Canadian singer songwriter. Here is the statement: It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one...

String Cheeses’ Hulaween Enchants

I attended a major musical incident over the past weekend and it blew my mind. I took the Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival off my bucket list but it just might have to go right back on it. This four-day musical extravaganza is like going to your best friend’s cabin in...

Another Rock Star Legend Falls

It is no secret that the rock world has been shaken by numerous high profile deaths in 2016. Numerous musical celebrations have been held to recognize the contributions made by David Bowie, Glen Frey and Prince. Now last week comes word of another passing that many...