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...

Music Review: Hot Streets by Chicago (1978)

Now what? That must have been the thoughts of the members of the band Chicago after fellow founding member Terry Kath’s untimely death in January 1978. The previous year, they had released their eleventh album and conducted yet another successful tour. Their last...