• happy birthday Diz! so long Jack

    October 21, 2011

    Today is the birthday of John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie. It also, by chance, happens to be the day that stream-of-consciousness writer Jack Kerouac shuffled off this mortal coil. Back in 1993, I wrote a song about keeping the dreams of youth alive that also commemorates these two strong influences in my life. Last year, my… [ read more ]

  • the street and the education con

    October 15, 2011

    The state of education in this country is ludicrous. Our colleges and universities have become nothing more than finance factories — educational Wall Street investment houses — jockeying for image and position, marketing themselves ad nauseam, lobbying and grubbing for government subsidies and research funding, growing immense endowments, all but abandoning their alleged mission of… [ read more ]

  • gone

    October 7, 2011

    All of a sudden – he’s gone. Life is quick. His flame, that burned so white hot, is now extinguished. Remnant wisps of smoke are all that remain, and even they are fading fast incorporated by the greedy ether, disappearing into thin air. There’s no time to look back. You check your cards and face… [ read more ]