Editorial focus

A quick note about the focus of my blog here: I’ve decided that posts that are purely related to my work — advertising, marketing, communications and media — will live on outside channels including LinkedIn. I will keep my personal blog being just that — personal anecdotes and commentary. Not that this has mattered much […]

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When TripAdvisor just won’t do

I just came across this note, filed away in a book. It’s a handwritten list of sights to see in Mississippi and Tennessee. The author was the manager at Rowdy’s in Vicksburg, Miss., where we were filling ourselves up on iced tea and catfish (and the mysteriously sweet and spicy house “nosser” sauce) after a […]

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Oh, Madonna

Part of the spectacle of seeing major pop stars perform live is realizing how comfortable they are with their own astronomical egos. In some cases, the self aggrandizement is totally warranted. Take Madonna, for example. She’s been dancing, remixing, touring and writhing around on stage for 20+ years and is still among the best at […]

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The countdown

It’s been swell, New York, but it’s time for me to move on.  Or at least it will be, in about 25 days. I’ve got two more days at my full-time gig, and then I’ll be freelancing while I soak up the sights and sounds of the city for three more weeks.  I’m just as […]

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One read, three listens

Culture-y stuff I’m taking in this week:

At the recommendImageation of a coworker, I’m reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta for my new book club (inaugural meeting on Sunday!). According to my Kindle, I’m 65% of the way through the book’s 355 pages, and so far I’d give it a 78% amazing rating. I’m also catching up on about 45 recent issues of The New Yorker. Why is it so impossible to keep on top of that pile?

I’m always – practically every hour – adding new music to my Spotify playlists. This week, I’ve been rotating a few albums:

Locked Down by Dr. John, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. I happened upon a free Dr. John concert in Prospect Park last summer, and it was one of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time. He had everyone dancing, from the old ladies in front to the hipsters crowding up in back. With Dr. John, no one’s too cool to let loose. This album is a departure from his usual jazzy New Orleans R&B sound, moving into more of what Rolling Stone calls “voodoo-gumbo jazz funk.” Listen to it. There’s no way you won’t replay…and replay again. One of my favorites of the year so far.

Blunderbuss by Jack White. I mean, we’re all listening to this, right? I am enjoying it so far, but not loving it as much as I’ve loved most of his music when I first hear it. What am I missing?

Ginko by bluegrass/folk singer Joan Shelley. This album was released on Ol Kentuck records, a label founded by Joan’s fellow Kentucky-based singer-songwriter, Daniel Martin Moore. What hooked me on Joan was this video of her performing with Daniel in the historic Emery Theater in Cincinnati. Pure bliss. My friend called it “sleepy.” I call it “instant stress relief.”

What else should I be listening to? Do tell.

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