Concert Review: John Prine Live at Portsmouth Music Hall (4.20.13)

Some voices don't age well.  Dylan's once mercurial croon is now a raspy drone.  And will someone tell Roger Daltrey to please stop.  His days of properly belting "Baba O'Riley" are long gone. Some voices, though, seem to grow into their songs as the singer ages.  Case in point: the American songwriting genius John Prine.  … Continue reading Concert Review: John Prine Live at Portsmouth Music Hall (4.20.13)

Boston’s Prayer of Action in the Face of the Marathon Bombings

It's been years since I've used language to directly address a higher power in prayer.  I was raised in the Catholic Church where it was common to hear, "Please pray for us," or, "We'll be sure to pray for you," when a church member was in tragedy's tight grip.  As any good Catholic kid, I … Continue reading Boston’s Prayer of Action in the Face of the Marathon Bombings

A Yankee Fan’s Open Letter to Kevin Youkilis

Dear Mr. Youkilis, Remember 2007?  That was the year that Yankee pitchers tried to take you down.  Literally. I remember it well. Scott Proctor hurled a pitch that smacked your helmet.  A few months later, the overzealous, cornfed Joba Chamberlain tossed two pitches over your noggin.  Both clocked in around 98 mph.  Both intended to … Continue reading A Yankee Fan’s Open Letter to Kevin Youkilis

Experience the Spatial Bliss of Portland’s In’finiti Distillation and Fermentation

I once heard the poet Derek Walcott read a poem where in it he vows not to write any more poems about the moon.  That's the way I feel about writing about beer and beer joints.  Wolcott has the moon; I have beer.  If I indulge every writing whim I have for praising an IPA … Continue reading Experience the Spatial Bliss of Portland’s In’finiti Distillation and Fermentation