Larry Knechtel

What do Duane Eddy, the Ronnettes, Elvis Presley, The Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Neil Diamond, Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Bread all have in common?  The musical genius of Larry Knechtel. Knechtel was a member of the famed Wrecking Crew, a group of session players that played on hundreds of hit records primarily in … More Larry Knechtel

The Wild Bunch

In 1969, Sam Peckinpah and Warner Bros. released one of the most talked about films of the year, and the most influential Western ever made.  Most people focus on the film’s violence, because its presentation and relentlessness was shocking and something film goers had not seen before.  If we remove the violence factor from the … More The Wild Bunch

Yes at 50

How many bands are still performing 50 years after they were formed?  Not many.  The debate starts when you ask how many original members are still with the band.  In the case of Yes, that’s where the battle begins and gets furious.  This year, there are two different groups of Yes alumni touring with the … More Yes at 50

Beatles ’65

Every year was productive, successful and innovative in the career of the Beatles. One year in particular, 1965, was profoundly important in the legacy of the group.  Some would say that 1967 was more important but I disagree.  In 1965 they toured, made a major motion picture, and produced two very successful albums. In the … More Beatles ’65

Because of you

Lying in cool summer grass Pointed at the light blue sky Your head across my chest Your breathing forms a sigh I could die now and be happy But this adventure has more love The wind blows through your hair My thanks to the spirit up above I know the soft dreaming sound As the … More Because of you

1968

What a year it was.  Fifty years ago, the world was upside down.  Sound familiar?  Events of 2018, as incredible as they are, seem somewhat mild in comparison to 1968. The bright promise of the 1960s was fading into a tragic decade of harsh reality.  It was a year of scientific advancement, artistic accomplishment, bold … More 1968

Year of the Cat

In 1976, a small record label released an album by an English folk singer, who had released six albums with only middling success. Year of the Cat was engineered and produced by Alan Parsons, who had engineered many rock albums including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The result was one of the most … More Year of the Cat

October Sunset

A little more each day Time is disappearing As warm colors heat up October is endearing   The night is welcoming Distant stars arriving soon I will save you a seat As we wait for the moon   The light is more reflective My candle stills burns bright Humble from many missteps I don’t worry … More October Sunset