Do You Really Want My Unbiased Opinion?

I didn’t make this happen, but I have to write about it!

The “Biden Bias.” That’s my nickname for it; this situation Joe Biden has put us in. If our eyes are open, we can’t find the guy. If someone asks us who’s the best Presidential candidate, we have to answer based on what we know.

I didn’t do it! Joe did! I really don’t know what to say!

When asked for an “unbiased” opinion regarding the “pros and cons” of each candidate … I can do that! But it won’t feel very unbiased.

The “unbiased opinion” is an oxymoron. There is no such thing. It took a car ride with my dad yesterday to realize this. He’s right, it’s impossible; you can’t have an “unbiased opinion!” What was I thinking!

I’d already written my unbiased opinion, though, and Continue reading “Do You Really Want My Unbiased Opinion?”

Joe Biden’s Big Marshmallow Roast

Time for a quick public safety announcement. Just like masks, this is for YOUR OWN good. If you’re smart, you’ll follow my advice.

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Fires are hot. Smokey Bear knows.

Alright, c’mon man! Pay attention!

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I have to be honest; it’s not just the fire that’s dangerous, it’s people who aren’t careful with fire. Everybody knows it can be dangerous.

Are you still paying attention? C’mon man! (last time, I promise!)

See these marshmallows? Well, marshmallows, even in a field all day soaking in the hot sun, are not very flammable. In fact, they’re often used Continue reading “Joe Biden’s Big Marshmallow Roast”

What great chord progressions have you found, transcribing popular music?

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For soft rock, people might be surprised at which songs are simple, and which use inventive and unusual chords. I’ve reverse-engineered hundreds of popular songs. I’ll toss out a few examples of what I’ve discovered:

The Easys

Certain artists, like Elton John and John Mellencamp, are not reinventing the wheel with the music they write. It’s extremely straightforward, usually 4/4 Continue reading “What great chord progressions have you found, transcribing popular music?”

Sales Advice, My Time at TowerStream

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I was in the top 3 of a 200-member sales team for four years, and won the President’s Club trophy for highest sales, at TowerStream, selling Internet services, business-to-business. I was also at the same company only a few years earlier, Continue reading “Sales Advice, My Time at TowerStream”

Radio Appearances: Local Music Buzz on 96.7 The Buzz With Chris DiPaola (2016) and 2018 With Denise Acker Taylor

This is cool!

It’s me on the radio (below) a year ago, talking about my CD and novel combo, “Share The Moon!” Chris DiPaola and I talked for an hour and he played a bunch of songs! What fun!

I also wanted to say I’ll be on the radio Saturday night (Jan. 6) (tonight if you’re reading this with your morning coffee)!

I’ll be on for an hour Saturday on “Alternative Nation” with Denise Acker Taylor on 96.7 FM The Buzz, starting at nine.  Please tune in! We’ll talk about the Garageband era, regional musicians and writing … and I might even play a song!

You can listen on the air or via the Buzz app (HERE), or stream right out of any browser on THE BUZZ’S site.

Here’s that recorded show with Chris:

The Future of Compact Discs (or, Have a Kunaki Chip Cookie!)

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I must think I’m pretty smart.

What do you think?

Today I’m going to make some predictions.

This will help, as time goes by and my predictions become true, demonstrate my amazingness (he said while typing on a little computer in bed in his sweats).

First off, I predict Chloe Kohanski will win “The Voice.” Those of you who follow popular music probably think I’m cheating a little, since the competition was over last week, and Chloe actually did win … But I predicted it in November!

Already hard to keep up, huh?

In Chloe’s case, I didn’t actually call the winner, but I saw it comin’!

Now it’s time for some new predictions!

Flat out, clear, and no nonsense!

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I predict compact discs will become obsolete someday … but not any time soon, as they represent the last vestige of good old fashioned hold-it-in-your-hands gift-giveable actual physical goods Continue reading “The Future of Compact Discs (or, Have a Kunaki Chip Cookie!)”

Singing The Praises of Singing

I have nephew attending college in New York, majoring in English. I saw Robbie over the weekend, but forgot to ask him if he was planning on becoming a rap star with his degree.

Probably not.

But why not?

Something about “poetry,” whether my class (which I aced) at Boston College years-ago, a quaint, stuffy little book, a professor with eyeglasses … the images conjured up by the word “poetry” are hoity-toity to me.

You too? At least, the image of poetry isn’t like rap music.

I keep wondering, why not?

I wonder, why didn’t they tell me in school, Continue reading “Singing The Praises of Singing”

Cox, Lies and Videotape (or, How To Advertise Like The Big Blue Boys)

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Verizon has an ad on TV where they say “The fastest Internet available.” That’s what they are, pretty much anywhere in the U.S., but particularly if you can be connected via FIOS fiber.

So, in the world of advertising, in a case like this … how could an entity who’s a competitor position himself? What kinds of things might he say?

Cox is a cable provider in New England, who has this relationship to Verizon. The company has a decent product, but nevertheless has no idea how to promote it. Continue reading “Cox, Lies and Videotape (or, How To Advertise Like The Big Blue Boys)”