In defense of early Wings

For years, John Young and I would spend hours, literally hours at a stretch, talking about Paul McCartney’s recording career as a solo artist. Just making each other laugh. Because some of McCartney’s output – particularly in the Wings era –...

‘Pinocchio’ a sweet, satisfying introduction to opera for children

  Since his debut in Carlo Collodi’s 19th century children’s book, Pinocchio – the wooden puppet who can walk, talk and get into trouble – has appeared in countless adaptations, from fine art and theater to radio, cinema and television. Always, the lesson is the same:...

The White Album in context

People who remember when vinyl records were the only option often complain about how streaming or downloading music denies the listener the total experience – no graphics, no photos, no lyrics, no nothing. The same people said that about CDs, too, and now that CDs are...

Bleeder, a memoir. Part 2

  There are frequently many or a few strokes associated with the recovery phase from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. It is due to these strokes that Bill still has persistent ataxia, tremor, some rigidity of extremities, personality changes and some behavior problems. His...

Bleeder, a memoir. Part 1

    Dinner was at 6 o’clock sharp. Dinner was always at 6 o’clock sharp; my parents came from that generation where the man went to work, and the woman took care of the house and the kids. So Dad would get home from his insurance office around 5:30 in the afternoon,...

Sunday at thestudio: ‘Shakespeare in a Day,’ literally

  With all its magic, majesty and mellifluousness, Veronica Leone Matthews believes, a Shakespeare play is a dish best served outdoors. “For me,” says the founder of the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival, “the reason is really personal, and maybe a little selfish.”...