I recently came across an interesting story about Dionne Warwick and how she became known to the world by that particular name.

Deep in the belly of many internet comment threads you will sometimes see the letters “tl:dr.” Birthed on the web in 2002, these initials simply mean “too long: didn’t read.” In other words, either my time is limited or my attention span is too short to read the entire article or thread or t…

While some of you are relishing the sweet solace of another summer Sunday, reality reminds us that yellow school buses will be back on the roads a week from Monday and summer for some is coming to an abrupt halt.

It’s that time of year again. Can you feel the rhythm of the bass and drums beating in your chest yet? Inhale deeply. Do you smell that deliciously smoked barbecue wafting through the Uptown air? It won’t be long now.

I have a new hobby. Over the past few weeks, I have been discovering all kinds of treasures with a new (entry level) metal detector. I know, I know — isn’t metal detecting reserved for old men in black socks wearing sandals? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be – although I might still be class…

I recently ran across an old red scrapbook that I put together in my late teens. In a world before digital phones and invisible storage clouds, scrapbooks were a way to keep those important memories protected (somewhat) through the years and various moves from place to place.

Before the dawn of the internet, I used to enjoy the “Book of Lists” series authored by siblings David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace and their father Irving Wallace. For those unfamiliar, this series of books which first came on the market in 1977 featured hundreds of lists on a wide variety …

If you’ve read this column at all over the past couple of years, you know how much I relish the art of intentional playlist procurement. Every few months, I like to give you a sampling of tracks I believe are worth a listen and it’s always nice to hear that some of these suggestions get adde…

Every Wednesday night on my radio show (The Night Shift on Sunny 103.5 FM), I give away a pair of tickets to the 25 Drive-In movie theater. The game is simple: I give you the beginning of a song lyric and you simply have to finish the line or phrase in order to get the tickets. Sometimes one…

We love them. We hate them. They stick in our heads, we sing them in the shower, they bother us at work and they crush our focus when we should be thinking about other much more important things.

In his book,“Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting,” multi-Grammy award winning songwriter Jimmy Webb (“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” “Up, Up and Away”) emphasizes how important the opening lines of a song are for those who craft lyrics and melody. He says, “We must accomplish our aims an…

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