Record Store Day Reflection


It’s Record Store Day again — that greatest of all the made-up consumer holidays. There are a lot of reasons to love and support independent record stores — from the role they play in supporting independent and local music and artists, to providing an outlet for non-mainstream genres like jazz, bluegrass, and “world” music, to the simple value local, independent businesses add to our communities. Yet there is another benefit they provide that might get overlooked; that is, they help keep our cultural history alive and in circulation.  Continue reading Record Store Day Reflection

On March Sadness



What makes a sad song sad? I mean, really sad, as in palpably sadder than the endless barrage of songs otherwise purporting to be sad? This was the essential challenge of an online “tournament” I recently participated in, dubbed “March Sadness.” Continue reading On March Sadness