Category Archives: music

twl playlist, track 6: “in the dark”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy … Continue reading

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twl playlist, track 1: “you could be mine”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my … Continue reading

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sorry, tswift: joan jett had the original “bad reputation”

No disrespect directed at Taylor Swift (of whom my daughter Ally is a huge fan) or her latest album, but if we’re talking about “reputations,” I have to bring it back to She Who Didn’t Give A Damn About Her … Continue reading

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i remember when rock was fun

Something’s been nagging at me while I’ve been writing my next novel, In Lonely Lands.  Alyx, the misfit 17-year old girl who is the protagonist, is a big fan of old-school hard rock, particularly bands from the 1980’s.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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farewell, goblin king

I was shocked this morning to learn that David Bowie, one of my favorite singers, had passed away from cancer.  But tragic though that may be, why mention it here?  Because many of the younger visitors may have never heard … Continue reading

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kiss takes the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame

Today, as you may have heard, the heavy-metal band KISS (a long-time guilty pleasure of mine) is finally—15 years after they were eligible–being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Paul Stanley and the others might … Continue reading

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music to exorcise to

Not a misspelling.   It’s Metallica, so of course it’s loud, it’s long, and it’s dark.   “Fixxxer,” from the 1997 album Reload.        

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(possibly the) best love song ever

The other day, my wife mentioned to me that her Walking With Purpose Bible study group is discussing the Song of Songs.  In light of Valentine’s Day, she asked me what I thought was “the best love ever.”  Which to … Continue reading

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wicked uncle kenton’s way-back video jukebox

Everything you need to know about the early ’80s, you can learn from Duran Duran.         Questions?    

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wicked uncle kenton’s way-back video jukebox

Because you young people these days have no sense of history, gather ’round, kiddies, and Wicked Uncle Kenton will play you a tune from his mis-spent youth.  Let’s turn back the dial to 1983, when Ronnie Reagan was President; the … Continue reading

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