All posts by Stephen Macaulay

The Music of Money

Somehow along the way I missed that “iHeartMedia, Inc., the parent company of iHeartCommunications, Inc., . . . one of the leading global media, entertainment and data companies,” “filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division” … Continue reading The Music of Money

Sail On, Sailor

According to Cruise Market Watch, “Worldwide, the ocean cruise industry has an annual passenger compound annual growth rate of 6.63% from 1990 – 2020,” and for 2018, they’re estimating that some 26-million lucky people will be living the buffet life on the high seas. And they’ve calculated that “Only 53% of the target North American … Continue reading Sail On, Sailor

New Neil and Liam Finn Video: Back to Life

Video: Neil & Liam Finn – “Back To Life” Directed by Sam Kristofski. From Lightsleeper, out August 24 on Lester Records. Eros was the Greek god who became Cupid when the Greeks gave way to the Romans. You probably associate one—or both—with the tag “the god of Love,” based primarily on the Valentine’s Day cards … Continue reading New Neil and Liam Finn Video: Back to Life

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.