Category: 1980s

Yacht Rock Original: “Everybody’s Girl”

I’ve loved all-things yacht rock before the genre even had a name. Christopher Cross, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates: love all of it. And after 20 years I finally have a classification for all the music I write. Well, that and smooth jazz. Here’s my latest. It’s a tune about ...

Cover & Lyrics: The secret to playing Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”

Last week, I got to see the legendary Steely Dan although I certainly, remorsefully didn’t ever get to see Walter Becker. I wrote about the gig at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, too. If you haven’t been to River Spirit for a show, I highly, highly recommend it. Easy find. Easy parking. Awesome staff. ...

Review: Steely Dan’s Tulsa show a party for Walter, total fan delight

On a night when country star Jason Aldean got all the headlines for playing in Tulsa, his first gig since the horrific Las Vegas shooting a week and change earlier, Steely Dan was also in the city, only a month and nine days removed from the death of its co-founder, Walter Becker. In essence, Steely ...

R.I.P. Tom Petty: The 5 Petty songs I’m listening to over and over

Like many children of the 80s, struck again by the loss of one of our musical heroes, I'm up late on a Wednesday night listening to Tom Petty.

Audition for Tom Petty cover band upstaged by conversation with Old Grey Wolf

I’ve played in my fair share of bands over the years, and at one point I aspired to be the piano man for a popular Dallas-area Tom Petty cover band called Petty Theft. The year was 2003 or 2004, and I heard about the gig via a radio station I had listened to constantly since ...

These 12 songs would be on my all-time best, definitive, ultimate CD

I haven’t been able to run this week because of some heel pain, so I decided to revisit a blog project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time: ranking my favorite songs of all time. I figured I’d start with my top 10 and then expand from there. It’s totally self-indulgent, but I’ve ...

One dude’s opinion: Al Jarreau’s 5 Best Songs

With the death of Al Jarreau today, another great has left the planet. There were very few male vocalists ever who could match his talent, and there is nobody in today’s music who can. Nobody. Don’t try. Jarreau knew it, too. I recall watching a YouTube video of a concert he played with Joe Sample ...