Once again, I’ve got nothing.

29 03 2010

I’m listening to a lot of music but I don’t feel like I’ve got anything of interest to say about it a the moment.

I think I’m engrossed in Holy Week .

Who knows?


Jackson Estate — Sony Music deal shatters records

16 03 2010

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music have apparently inked a $250 million deal, the largest record deal ever made. Personally I find the last 30 years worth of Michael Jackson’s music to be completely uninteresting. Obviously, though, Sony believes it can make lots of cash selling more Jackson material or it wouldn’t be making this deal. What do I know?



16 03 2010

Happy 19th birthday to Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli, and current Van Halen bassist.

Against famine and the crown…

15 03 2010

St. Patrick’s Day, for good and bad, is very intense holiday. Heaped atop its sacred origins — a celebration of the Christianization of Ireland and, as a result, much of barbarian western Europe — are all the Yankee-Paddy traditions: paper shamrocks, bad green beer, silly hats, “Kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirts, and hundreds of thousands of non-Irish celebrating their Irishness by getting pissed.

I’ve moved from celebrating the day with loads of beer and whiskey to a more quiet, contemplative family meal. It sounds lame to some, I’m sure, but for us the day is more about reflecting on the great Irish and Irish-American people that came before us, that gave us the opportunities we have today. Without those brave souls who knows what sort of life my wife, daughter and I would be leading (assuming we were here at all.)

Still, I can’t resist some of the trappings of the day. A guilty pleasure of mine is listening to Dropkick Murphys. It’s cliche, I know, especially if you’re Boston-area Irish. But the Murphys are irresistible high-octane, Gaelic punk, and the only time it’s really fitting to listen to them is this time of year. This song, “Fields of Athenry,” is an old Irish rebel tune and one of my favorites by DM.

In the run up to the 17th

12 03 2010

St. Patrick’s Day, or Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish, is coming up next week.  Lots of the Irish-for-a-day crowd will be celebrating all weekend.  I’m not as into the holiday as I had been in years past.  Still, though, it means something to me.  I was thinking about the great Irish or at least Celtici-flavored music that I like and the Pogues came immediately to mind.  What a great band!  Too bad Shane Macgowan’s such a mess.  He’s a great vocalist (for that style.)  This song’s quite typical of the energy and quality of the Pogues’ work in their heyday.

Wilburys book

5 03 2010

I just saw on Facebook that there was a launch party yesterday for the new Traveling Wilburys book.  The party was attended by Olivia Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Jim Keltner.   I’ve not seen the book in its entirety, but what I’ve seen, it looks nice.

Here’s the Wilburys’ website, which has information on the book.