Someone posted a link to this in my Facebook newsfeed this morning, and I watched it and was very moved. It's a video of a homeless man being given a makeover. When I watched it I realized how emotionally moving it is. But gosh, it's depressing that it's moving. I didn't want to be the one… Continue reading Time Lapse Video of Homeless Man’s Makeover
When I was a young kid in the late 1900s, I used to think that Saturday Night Live was the most grown-up thing imaginable. It was cool. It was on the cutting-edge of show business. It was risqué. It was late at night. I thought I was the coolest kid around when my parents would… Continue reading An open letter to Lorne Michaels: Let me host your show
Dear Tina Fey, Now I am not naive enough to think that a big superstar like you subscribes to the blog of a boring married musician like me, but if you're anything like me, you have a Google Alert set up with your name and an elementary school named after you in British Columbia. If… Continue reading An Open Fan Letter to Tina Fey
I've lived in a lot of places in the United States. Nine states and probably two dozen cities actually. This has led me, among other things, to make some general observations about different places in the country. "You know you're from ____ if ... " jokes are interesting because creating one requires two kinds of… Continue reading Some thoughts on living in various locations
Back around 1998 or so, I remember going to a small-town coffee house and listening to small-town teenagers play popular alternative songs on acoustic guitars. It was my favorite thing to do, actually, because I'd get a chance to perform my own music, but that meant sitting through lots of other musicians (and let me… Continue reading The Era of Musical Lockjaw
I am not sure that my generation has earned the right to be nostalgic about our childhoods. I had a coworker a few years back who discovered YouTube, and watched a ton of commercials from the '60s and '70s, when he was a kid. Forty year old commercials for a bunch of dangerous toys with… Continue reading You haven’t earned your nostalgia.