NASHVILLE BASHER TELLS ALL; RECANTS HIS STANCE 

Yes, I’ll confess. I was one of those who piled insults on Nashville upon arriving here for the first time in 2001. As the plane was landing, various Touroids cupped their hands over their mouths to simulate an airport speaker…

Portrait of a Vocalist

I’ve taken a little hiatus from posting at a time when humor is too close to physical labor, but today I decided it’s time for me to revisit the Diamondville Chronicles archives and share some with you. It's okay, I…

Many Rivers to Cross

I'm spending a lot of time right now (and time is what we have plenty of, right?) constructing the tale of my time spent with the people at Mattel. The toy people. That's for my other blog, Tom Sez, the…

I'll Drink to That!

The sky at home is a beautiful blue, today. it inexplicably flashed me back to the sight of the drink pictured at left, from back in one of our early UK stops. 

Our hotel in London, in a silly piece…

Walmart Calls the Tune

A few years ago, America was shaken by the shocking revelation that mass-retailer Walmart was selling altered versions of popular recordings without revealing that fact to the purchaser. 

Sometimes the cover was changed, sometimes alternate lyrics were used (or the…

Play Ons, Play Offs

A few years ago, Tonight Show bandleader Questlove sparked a media firestorm after playing “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” while Republican then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sauntered onstage on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”? I saw an account which said the Roots drummer…

There is Nothing Like Two Dames

I love it when news events give me a reason to write a blog post, especially when those news events aren’t something related to death and/or destruction. So today is a good day, since the news item for today reveals…

More Contacts Intended

I’m back at my now-diminishing pile of contact notes found in a folder in my filing cabinet while obsessively cleaning it out. I found quite a few cards from Ireland, including one from a fellow named Tom Sherlock. I…

Getting Me to the Gate on Time

When we were on tour, there were three days of the week: show day, travel day, and day off. Oh, occasionally there were hyphenate days. A day off might double as a fluff ’n’ fold day, when our hard-working security…

Contact Intended

Now that we’re no longer touring, I’m using the current quarantine time to clean out my filing cabinet. Some folders can be easily tossed, others create challenges and/or opportunities. 

Today, I’m looking at a folder labeled “contacts.” Not contracts—those have…

New Albany Jam

After landing in Louisville, and settling in at the downtown Louisville Marriott, the first thing on the agenda of some Touroids was getting out of Louisville. Getting out of the whole damned state of Kentucky, in fact, and heading across…

Cannes You Hear Me Now?

MIDEM has been cancelled. MIDEM is the acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale, which is organized annually in and around the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. It’s a big-deal trade show, billed…