My Travel, Pop Culture, Popular Music

R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

I've had quite a busy year so far, between working on my book, running back and forth between Pittsburgh for my day job and Ligonier for my night gig, and trying to get back on track with other long term writing projects and a community band.  So a weekend getaway was desperately needed!  We recently… Continue reading R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

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American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing, Pennsylvania History, Popular Music

American Songline Concert Tour Hits Ligonier on May 2

Feel like taking a road trip today? Chicago-based singer and composer Cecelia Otto will be performing a free concert tonight, May 2, at 7:30p.m. at the town hall auditorium in at 120 East Main Street in Ligonier, Pennsylvania - her fourth stop during her American Songline journey across the country. Cece is in the midst… Continue reading American Songline Concert Tour Hits Ligonier on May 2

My Travel, Popular Music

Vacation Values: “Rush”-ing Around Toronto

As I mentioned in a previous post about my vacation priorities, whether it means checking out a local band at a bar, attending a concert or simply visiting musically significant sites and venues around town, I love connecting with music while I'm traveling. So, to satisfy the music portion of our Easter vacation in Canada,… Continue reading Vacation Values: “Rush”-ing Around Toronto

Concerts, Popular Music

The Best Concert Year Ever

In addition to local history and classic literature, I also love popular music, particularly classic rock, sixties pop and early Rock and Roll.  I love listening to it, researching its history and learning how to play it on the guitar and drums.  I especially love listening to live music, so I try to attend as many… Continue reading The Best Concert Year Ever

Pop Culture, Popular Music

God Only Knows What I’d Be Without Pet Sounds

No other album besides The Who's Quadrophenia has impacted my life more than The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, which was originally released on May 16, 1966.  The album is celebrating its 46th anniversary today. Songwriter and producer Brian Wilson (with lyricist Tony Asher) created a kaleidoscope of teenage emotions with Pet Sounds: the hopeful romanticism… Continue reading God Only Knows What I’d Be Without Pet Sounds

Concerts, Photo, Pop Culture, Popular Music

Good Vibrations

Tonight I saw all surviving Beach Boys on the same stage together, celebrating the group's 50th anniversary. I can't believe it.

Popular Music

Remembering Dennis Wilson

They say I live a fast life. Maybe I just like a fast life. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. It won’t last forever, either. But the memories will. - Dennis Wilson I've been remembering Dennis Carl Wilson today.  On this day back in 1983, he dove into the waters at Marina… Continue reading Remembering Dennis Wilson