Music Box: Prince – Partyman/Let’s Go Crazy (Tower Records, West Hollywood, CA 3.21.06)

Prince Shreds On "Let's Go Crazy" at Tower Records in West Hollywood 3.21.06 Three years later, and the loss of one of the singular pioneers in the history of Rock N Roll still stings as if we just heard the news. Ubiquitous for decades, that he’s not here to continue to gift us with his … Continue reading Music Box: Prince – Partyman/Let’s Go Crazy (Tower Records, West Hollywood, CA 3.21.06)

Reel Life: Bohemian Rhapsody – Radio Ca Ca

Bohemian Rhapsody is another one of those anomalies where a perfectly awful film gets saved by an incredible performance (much like last year’s Three Billboards and Frances McDormand) - the remarkable Rami Malek never falls into the trap of mimicry, which would be easy to do in lesser hands, considering Freddie Mercury’s larger-than-the-universe persona, rather … Continue reading Reel Life: Bohemian Rhapsody – Radio Ca Ca

Legacy: The Queen Is Dead. Long Live The Queen, Aretha!

Aretha, at home in New York by Moneta Sleet Jr. 1974 Smarter, far more eloquent people than I will write smarter, far more eloquent tributes to Aretha Franklin than I'll ever be able to, but anyone who knows me knows what her voice and her music has meant to me my whole life. To say … Continue reading Legacy: The Queen Is Dead. Long Live The Queen, Aretha!

Music Box: Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin

In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma.” With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti’s key. No one knew what to expect. No one knew … Continue reading Music Box: Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin