My Life With Star Wars

If Star Wars had never existed, I wouldn’t be the man I am today.A bold statement? Perhaps, but the more I think about it, the more truth comes to light. The first version of this essay had me starting from before 1977 and moving forward with my life. I didn’t figure...

Favorite Songs by Year

Over at SamePageCast, co-hosts Craig and Megan took a look at the 1970s and selected one song per year to be on their desert island jukebox. I had so much much with that decade that I kept going, all the way up to last year. I threw in 1968 and 1969 so this list...

Happy Writer’s New Year’s Day

Four years ago today, 1 May, I made the decision to start writing again. I had the germ of a story—a man wearing a fedora who was likely a private detective, knocking on a door and being answered by bullets. That idea became WADING INTO WAR: A BENJAMIN WADE MYSTERY,...

Thoughts on Pods and Sods Chicago SamePageCast Episode

I may know Craig Smith because of KISS, but today, it’s about Chicago. Craig Smith is a music connoisseur. The podcast he runs with Eric Miller, Pods and Sods, talk music, often down to the granular level. When Craig teams up with his girlfriend, Megan Stemm-Wade,...

Music Review: Stone of Sisyphus by Chicago (1993, 2008)

When the seven guys formed the band that became Chicago, they had a mandate: create a sound that was a rock band with horns. And they did. Brilliantly. The first five years of their recorded output, Chicago walked the tightrope between longer pieces and radio-friendly...