Monday night went to Armando's club in Martinez. Went with my friend Bob Rose. Armando's is a great music venue. Small place, maybe seats 50 or 60. Every seat is the best. Everyone is friendly. Listened for two hours to a band including former Tower of Power lead guitarist Jeff [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|7 Comments

Muddy Waters

Sittting here writing on a beautiful day, listening to Muddy Waters: The Definitive Collective. Be still my heart. God, I love this guy. Some songs I love, not all of them: Rollin' & Tumblin', Rollin' Stone, Turn Your Lamp Down Low, Hoochie Coochie Man, I Just Want to Make Love [...]

By | March 19th, 2014|16 Comments

Paragons meet the Jesters

I had a lot of driving to do yesterday. I wanted some CDs in my car so I could hear some music. I went for the classic 50's album, The Paragons Meet the Jesters. Do you know it? It's a battle of the bands, the Paragons and the Jesters and [...]

By | July 17th, 2013|9 Comments

Prince — what do you think?

I'm sitting here listening to Prince's Purple Rain album -- great album from a movie I like. I am writing a few blogs and I almost always listen to music when I write. Sometimes it's the Ramones. Sometimes it's Mozart. Depending on my mood, I listen to all sorts of [...]

By | August 24th, 2012|24 Comments

More music — girl groups

Several readers yesterday told me I have no business writing about music. It's true I don't know jack, but I figure I have as much business as anyone. So, today, in the no business category I want to say I love the girl groups that used to be. The Crystals, [...]

By | March 14th, 2012|21 Comments

Beach Boys vs. Beatles

Grant and I are sitting in the Cohn Zohn -- at the dining room table of our media empire in the East Bay -- and we're waiting on NFL free agency, less than an hour away. While we wait we are listening to the Beach Boys Greatest Hits II. We [...]

By | March 13th, 2012|21 Comments

“Life” by Keith Richards

I'm reading Keith Richards' autobiography, "Life." I try to alternate a work of fiction with a nonfiction book, and this is my nonfiction book. I'm about 100 pages into it and if you care about the Stones this book is a delight. Richards told his story to writer James Fox [...]

By | April 25th, 2011|28 Comments