I do this every year. I don’t know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it’s hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I’m left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year […]

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A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I’d expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we’ll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of […]

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2016 was a bad year. We know it. It’s been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were “so white.” Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on […]

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Musical adaptations of classics often fail to resonate. It could be a reinterpretation of a film, an album, or a television special, and the results are often the same: coal in the proverbial stocking. In the case of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, however, there’s nothing but magic. An adaptation of the 1964 Rankin-Bass […]

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<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/awHWColYQ90″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> To take a break from the interviews, the music sessions, and everything in-between, I feel compelled to share my favorite songs (in order at this particular time and stopping at seven) by my favorite rock and mostly alt-rock bands (I chose one per letter of the alphabet). Blame on […]

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A letter to a friend after seeing a show… Dear Steve, You’ve been gone now for twelve-and-a-half-years. Time has heeled some, but the mourning has never faded. When you lose someone so close, you’re never the same. Sure, life goes on but when a person dies, they take a huge piece of the person you […]

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My children, especially my four year old, watches more television than I’d like him to. But as parents, we know A) how hard it is to keep them away from the TV – especially when they know how to work the remote and unlock the safety lock. That said, I take comfort in knowing – […]

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If you were a child of the 1980s, you truly can grasp just how big Michael Jackson was. He was our decade. He was our Elvis. A white glove. A dance move. A chimp sidekick. Everything he did made news. Heck, a Pepsi commercial was hyped like a Marvel blockbuster. He wasn’t just the king […]

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They say when you have kids the days are long but the years are short. That’s so true. My sons are respectively four-and-a-half and one-and-a-half, and it all happened in a staring-into-a-strobe-light blink. Years before I had kids, people told me to hang onto every moment. “Soon they’ll be asking for the keys to car,” […]

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Sooner or later everyone dies on Grey’s Anatomy. The series, which I watched in its first few seasons – back when it was funnier, and before people died (other than patients) – has killed off more cast members than ER and Chicago Hope combined. I don’t know if that latter statement is true, but I […]

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