It's a little strange that my last post was about Joni Mitchell's song,"The Sire of Sorrow," which was from her Turbulent Indigo album.  It's strange because I've just learned that a biography about her, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, written by Syracuse University professor, David Yaffe, is coming out on October 17, 2017, and it sounds like her life had and continues to have more pain and sorrow than I previously thought.

I heard her say in a previous interview that she didn't do a lot of drugs, but this bio makes it sound like she did.  It also suggests that her current problems with Morgellon's syndrome may be related to that.  She has had many other health problems including polio as a child and brain trauma in 2015.

While she often has this image of being a kind-hearted earth mother, she was accused of beating her housekeeper who got a $250,000 settlement.  Well maybe the bitch deserved it and she just had a good lawyer.  Who knows?

Her personal problems aside, I have thought for many years that she is a genius as a songwriter and musician, a woman who could put words and music together in an almost magical way to create vivid stories that always had meaning on multiple levels.  She carved out such a unique place for herself that there will never be another Joni Mitchell--not even close.

I feel fortunate that I lived on this planet at the same time that she did.

With the massive destruction of Hurricanes #Harvey and #Irma on the front page of the news, it's a great time listen to one of Joni Mitchell's masterpieces.  It's a song about God's cruelty to man or perhaps His perceived indifference to our suffering. It's called The Sire of Sorrow (Job's Sad Song) and originally appeared as the last track on her Turbulent Indigo album.  Another version appeared on her Travelogue album.  They are both worth a listen.  I've have listened so many times.

Two new lawsuits claim that Spotify has engaged in staggering copyright infringement.

Hollywood Reporter has the details.


When it comes to marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the real dope.  He wants to send us back to the days of prohibition when billions of dollars flowed into the hands of Mexican drug lords and thousands of young Americans have the lives ruined by an ignorant "war on drugs."

CNBC provides the details.

When you listen to Brandon Rogers, MD from Portsmouth, VA sing on America's Got Talent, it's hard to believe that he was killed in a car accident before he could move on to the next round.  What a loss to both music and medicine.

FREE digital downloads of my album Billion Dollar Pill are currently available on Bandcamp.  Starting on the 8th of each month, until I turn it off, there should be 200 free song downloads.  Once those are used up, the songs will require purchase until I get 200 more free downloads on the 8th of the following month.  So please take advantage of this and let me know what you think.


I've written before about how vinyl records are seeing a big comeback.  Well, now you can call that a YUUGE comeback because Sony is going to press vinyl records again after 30 years.

Read the details here.  

This article from CNET tackles the question of whether digital or analog music sounds better.

I just uploaded another music video.  This one is for "Inside a Hole" from my Billion Dollar Pill album.  I'm very happy with the result.  It uses lots of still shots of roads with a zooming technique that makes it look like you are moving forward on the road.  

All my videos are available on YouTube and also on the video page on my site.  You can get there by using the Video button on the navigation menu or just click here.

The reason is that without meaningful changes to the way musicians get compensated, creativity will suffer immeasurably – and with it, the entire music industry. Consider that the revenue streams created by record sales and concerts once formed an informal infrastructure that continually bred new artists. Without such revenue streams in place – or something similar to replace them – the time will come when musicians will have no practical way to stay afloat, forcing them to give up and many would-be ones never to try at all.

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