Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey

Today, October 8th 2022, marks the 5th anniversary of your Kiki’s (my mom) passing. She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 17 years old.  She would go on to have one recurrence, a full mastectomy and 2 other original malignant tumors.  I knew her with cancer longer than I knew her without. … Continue reading Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey

Joni Mitchell – Blue

Blue is a perfect companion album.  A great companion to the aforementioned emotionally forward Roy Orbison album or even a personal companion in trying times.  From the album’s title to the iconic album cover, what you see is what you get.  Joni Mitchell paints an incisive picture of personal loss and loneliness. This is a… Continue reading Joni Mitchell – Blue

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

Empty wine bottles.  So many bottles.  And nothing but time to sleep off the previous night’s revelry.  Before there was you, there was only me.   And before there was me, there were my mom and dad (your Kiki and Granddad).  In the mid 70’s, they were newlyweds living in uptown New Orleans ringing in… Continue reading Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

Steely Dan – Aja

Is this the greatest studio album ever created? Is it a rite of passage?  Why not both.  I’ll start with the latter question.  It seems there comes an age in everyone’s life when they go from, “ugggh…Steely Dan” to “Ohhhhhh. Steely Dan!”  I’ll detail my a-ha moment further on Can’t Buy a Thrill. This album… Continue reading Steely Dan – Aja