Music & Art Reviews

Desirée Patterson: Making Art, Making A Difference

While attending The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles, I came across Canadian artist Desirée Patterson’s compelling and enlightening work. Ms. Patterson’s primary medium is photography and she is dedicated to creating compositional works that draw attention to humanity’s dance with the natural world in order to raise awareness about the dire importance of [...]

2018-06-15T19:21:45+00:00April 20th, 2018|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Desirée Patterson: Making Art, Making A Difference

“Roots, Rock, Rama” by Jai Uttal: CD Review

I was very fortunate to see Jai Uttal perform some of the songs from his new double CD “Roots, Rock, Rama” last week and was blown away by the richness and elegance of the harmonies. This eclectic and epic recording transcends all genres and manages to pack Jai’s 50 years of musical and spiritual seeking [...]

2017-03-03T11:46:56+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Roots, Rock, Rama” by Jai Uttal: CD Review

Chris Brown’s “Superior”: Best Song Never Heard In America

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the creator, there is no poverty. ~ Rilke Patti Smith, Curtis Mayfield, Morrissey, Ani DiFranco, Van Morrison, Daniel Lanois, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Joan Armatrading, Lloyd Cole, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:17+00:00August 26th, 2016|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Chris Brown’s “Superior”: Best Song Never Heard In America

What Women Really Say When They’re Alone: Therese Barbato’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Podcast

Heartbreak, open relationships, bisexuality, celebrity crushes... much more than I ever expected from an evening of Shakespeare. Los Angeles is not known for its exceptional theater, but on Saturday evening I attended the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ performance of “Twelfth Night“ and found the directing, staging, and all of the performances to be stellar, [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:17+00:00August 13th, 2016|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on What Women Really Say When They’re Alone: Therese Barbato’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Podcast

The Psychology Of An Epic Guitar Solo

“Go wrong strong.” ~ Miles Davis “New ears for new music.” ~ Nietzsche For the last 50 years, a seminal part of Western popular music has been the guitar solo. What makes an epic guitar solo and how does it interact with and add to a song? As a psychotherapist, my theory regarding popular music [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:17+00:00July 20th, 2016|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Psychology Of An Epic Guitar Solo

The Genius of Cindy Sherman

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; ~ T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Nietzsche Cindy Sherman's "Imitation of Life" is one of the [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:19+00:00July 17th, 2016|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Genius of Cindy Sherman

Is Miley Cyrus the Joan Baez of Her Generation?

"I see alot of people wear clothing who are assholes so maybe it's wearing clothing that makes people assholes." ~ Miley Cyrus Although I am fairly certain that my great-grandmother thought the same of Bob Dylan as I think of Justin Bieber (not sure how one says "colossal twat" in yiddish), it appears as [...]

2017-04-29T17:59:29+00:00August 27th, 2015|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Is Miley Cyrus the Joan Baez of Her Generation?

“Stray Paper” by The Gaslight Anthem

Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard Shaw Legend has it that when Elvis Costello received the first R.E.M. cassette he walked around flipping it over and over in his Walkman (remember those?) listening to it continuously for days. Years later when asked what he thought of R.E.M.'s massive success he wryly replied, "I [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:24+00:00July 9th, 2015|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Stray Paper” by The Gaslight Anthem

“Lililand:” CD Review

The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan I was in my neighborhood post office in Paris in 1993 when I noticed a beautiful woman standing in front of me wearing black jeans, a black turtleneck, and long black coat. I looked over her shoulder and saw that she was mailing a letter to [...]

2017-04-29T18:18:02+00:00September 26th, 2014|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Lililand:” CD Review