All posts by Stephen Macaulay

Fly Like a Butterfly, Sing Like Mariah

If you fly frequently you undoubtedly accumulate “miles” as part of a loyalty program. Given a sufficient cubic ton of these “miles” you’re able to book even more air travel, although you probably find that it is exceedingly difficult to schedule anything that goes anywhere you want to at the time that you want to … Continue reading Fly Like a Butterfly, Sing Like Mariah

Sounds Like. . . ?

Apparently there is a museum in France dedicated to the works of a late 19th- early 20th century painter, Étienne Terrus. The museum, located in Elne, France, in the Pyrénées, is full of paintings by Terrus. Or at least many of the 140 paintings are by the artist. And even more of them are, as … Continue reading Sounds Like. . . ?

Turn the Beat Around

Although disco has had an ignominious departure from the mainstream in the U.S., in other parts of the world, where people still like to dance and like to drive really small cars, disco (although the music is more like EDM than the Bee Gees) still exits. At the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, … Continue reading Turn the Beat Around

Buckingham Out; Ringo Pissed

Fleetwood Mac has apparently given Lindsey Buckingham his walking papers, which is only metaphorically true as Buckingham has reportedly recently sold one of his homes in Brentwood for about $20-million and anyone who has that kind of money doesn’t walk anywhere unless (1) a red carpet is involved or (2) it has something to do … Continue reading Buckingham Out; Ringo Pissed

The Rolling Stones and Existence

“Do the Rolling Stones still exist?” That, I’m afraid, was my reaction when I read about the band’s apparent continuation of its “No Filter” tour, which will start up again next month with 11 dates in Europe. Now I know that Jagger, Richards, Watts, and Wood are still alive, so it wasn’t an issue of … Continue reading The Rolling Stones and Existence

What’s In a Name?

Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, from esophageal cancer. Now Donald Fagen is suing his estate. [Update: Becker’s estate responds.] The issue, it seems, is the name “Steely Dan.” Or whatever that is. The two had signed what is known as a “Buy/Sell Agreement” after the band formed in 1972, which essentially lets one … Continue reading What’s In a Name?

Questions. One Answer.

As I seem to be on the macabre musical beat, I received an email from a friend of mine who recently saw John Sebastian. (She lives in a small college town in Iowa, so they have some non-arena-filling musicians coming to their burg.) Some of you may be unfamiliar—so you think—with John Sebastian. He’s the … Continue reading Questions. One Answer.

Not a Pleasant Subject

The passing of Tom Petty at age 66 of cardiac arrest earlier this week is certainly sad for those who listen to music as the man consistently worked with dedication and authenticity throughout what was a solid career. Yet if we look at it in the context of his other Traveling Wilburys band mates, then … Continue reading Not a Pleasant Subject

Medical Music

When sitting in a chair in my dentist’s office—I mean the chair that brings Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man to mind—the ambient audio system is always playing a lite rock station. Most of the music is of a sufficient sweetness to engender even more cavities in one’s molars. But it is a temperate drone behind … Continue reading Medical Music

“Write a Catchy Chorus, HAL”

In NASCAR racing, which went into official existence in 1948, 1972 is identified as the start of the “Modern Era.” The series has yet to become postmodern, but that’s another argument for another digital venue. The troubadour tradition, that of a musician who sang and played a stringed instrument, goes back at least to the … Continue reading “Write a Catchy Chorus, HAL”