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Miracle at Hacksaw Ridge: A Collage Musical

I just can't quit you, Desmond T. Doss and Hacksaw Ridge. A bunch of my iPod tracks jumped out and organized themselves into what I call a "mock musical" or "collage musical" - a playlist in the shape of a story. Gospel, swing, bluegrass, hymns, folk, and showtunes. Listen to it here. Enhanced liner notes:… Continue reading Miracle at Hacksaw Ridge: A Collage Musical

Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens

It's been the Year of Bowie. Just about a year ago I stood in front of David Bowie and Iman's Manhattan home and thought hey, I should listen to like all of his stuff. And now I've done it - aside from the occasional rough draft, outtake, collaboration, or film appearance, which I'll gladly continue… Continue reading Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens

Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

David Bowie Is Star Begotten

In a 1937 novel, a modest history writer starts nightmaring that pretty much everyone younger than him - including his own wife and baby - are alien plants designed, from the genes on up, to replace normal stodgy humans like himself. After a long paranoid muse, where he takes every sparkling, wondermaking word or action… Continue reading David Bowie Is Star Begotten

Crash Course for the Ravers · Music

You Call Yourself a Prophet?

Crash Course for the Ravers Album: The Next Day (2013) Prior Level of Acquaintance: High Three-Word Review: angry, precise, defiant So I was trying to listen to Bowie only in order, but I admit that The Next Day was where I turned the morning after November's presidential election. The combination of shouty and defiant -… Continue reading You Call Yourself a Prophet?