For my birthday this year, my oldest daughter got us tickets to see Neil Finn at Town Hall in New York City. Now, most people have never heard of Neil Finn. But maybe you’ve heard of Crowded House. Or Split Enz. Or his years recording with brother Tim. Or that epic 7 Worlds Collide phase. […]
Photo: (cc) Kokalola/Flickr I know many of you don’t have the same love of Bruce Springsteen that I do; however, this is about more than just Bruce. But it was a Bruce moment that got me thinking about the topic of “just one chance.” It all started two weeks before the release of Bruce’s anxiously […]
Photo © Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc I can still see it. I can still FEEL it and smell it. I was standing over a little record player and watching the record turn as the needle moved over and landed. The scratchy sound before the music starts…and then there it was: “You ain’t nothing but a […]
It was a coincidence that my long awaited and dreamed of trip to Australia coincided with Bruce’s first tour there in 10 years. But when I saw the dates, it was the first thing I actually put money down on. It was his last night in Melbourne, and my second to last night in Australia, and I thought it would be a good way to celebrate the end of my trip. It was!
by guest blogger Maya Rodale. This summer, I was lucky to see a few great concerts. In the midst of all the rocking and rolling and singing along with the crowd, I discovered this truth: You haven’t really heard a song until you’ve heard it played LOUD in a stadium with 20,000 people singing along. I also gleaned some insights about being an artist…or just getting a job done right…. And about writing kisses and love stories.
You could say I began and ended the summer of 2012 with Bruce. I started with the two shows over the Easter weekend at Madison Square Garden (the beginning of my most happy season, summer). And I ended it with the shows this past Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. And those last two shows were amazing.
It was about 18 years ago. I was driving in my car with the radio on, listening to WMUH my local favorite college station. I heard a song. Time stopped. It was a beautiful woman’s voice singing “When I was a boy.” These lyrics stopped me in my tracks. So, it is my total pleasure to have Dar Williams as a guest on my back porch today.
by guest blogger Maya Rodale. After recently attending a bunch of concerts, I have discovered the following secret in life: Never miss the opening act. For one thing, it’s a great way to discover awesome new bands that have the stamp of approval from bands you already love. Plus, it’s one of those times when the audience really matters, and it just feels good to support people living the dream, or trying to.
Raised on America’s first organic farm, Scratch author Maria Rodale learned how to make everyday favorites from, yes, scratch — the way you remember them; the way they turn out best.Order Now