Five Song Playlist Project

The idea came out of a class I am currently teaching at Lander University. My Media 312/Honors 390 course is titled “Advanced Radio Production – The Art of the Podcast.” For one of ...

Reader feedback -- a few more destinations

Lots of you read the Sunday Index-Journal. I love hearing from you in person, seeing a new message in my email inbox, or receiving a voicemail on my phone with reactions to this column – and es ...

Transportation provided by song lyrics

I call them “audio vacations.” Have you ever been listening to the radio or one of your favorite playlists when you hear a song that mentions a destination in either the title or through t ...

Tough year for music

Ooh death Whooooah death Won’t you spare me over ‘til another year -- “O Death,” Ralph Stanley It’s a list that is much too long. Musicians, producers, legendary songwri ...

Late December playlist suggestions

It’s a daunting responsibility and one I never take lightly – the proverbial Christmas Eve drop-in. It’s a time honored tradition for many as we welcome in friends, family members, c ...

Surprising origin of popular seasonal songs

It’s December, which means it is finally safe to sing (as loud as you want) your favorite holiday tune. Feel free to break out in song while you stroll through Greenwood Mall or while you are ad ...

Protest songs and political change

Election 2016 has come and gone, and it seems no one is unaffected. As evidenced by national electoral maps, political passion still deeply divides us as a nation. Thanks to social media, red and blue ...

Let's get trivial

I thought this would be a good week to share some of my favorite music trivia (with credit to Rolling Stone's "Rock Trivia" published in 2012). Feel free to keep score and play along at home. Let me k ...

Unlikely opening acts

It was good to see the news last week in the Index-Journal and on social media, as Greenwood's own The Jake Bartley Band served as the opening act for Hank Williams Jr. in an outdoor concert at Herita ...

The best worst song of all time

I had a deeply philosophical conversation this week with Index-Journal Executive Editor Richard Whiting about song quality and the idea of being forced to listen to one tune for the rest of your life. ...

Best of 2016 -- so far...

I did a quick survey this week of musical tracks that, in my opinion, have been standouts for the year thus far. These tracks vary in genre and instrumentation, which is quite typical for my eclectic ...

Best of 2016 -- so far…

I did a quick survey this week of musical tracks that, in my opinion, have been standouts for the year thus far. These tracks vary in genre and instrumentation, which is quite typical for my eclectic ...

All the 'Wood's a stage

I've been on a quest of late and it surrounds the rich history of live music in our fair city and surrounding towns. The crowd, the music, the slight ringing in your ears and rumble in your chest -- t ...