America’s Got Talent! (NOT)

America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent (or does it?)

 If America’s Got Talent! proves anything, it’s that America is sadly lacking in talent on a monumental scale. Roughly 3 billion people tried out for America’s Got Talent! and roughly eleven of them had a marketable talent. While our country falls behind in math and science by a few percentile points on the world stage, in entertainment skills we’re obviously ranked #6,432: right behind Krackleakastan.  Continue reading

I don’t know what good music is, but I know it when I hear it.

“What kind of music do you like?”  A friend asks me that very simple question.  I really can’t answer it directly. My standby answer is that I have eclectic tastes. That’s a cop-out for “help, I’m hopelessly confused.”

To paraphrase  Justice Potter Stewart and his 1964 comment on pornography , “I don’t know what good music is, but I know it when I hear it.”

So I’ll ask you, the reader. What artists or songs are on your playlist(s)?  I looked at mine and found Liszt and Lady Gaga, Mozart and the Klezmatics, the Decemberists and Neil Young,…..

I wondered about my musical taste or lack thereof and what these diverse artists had in common.  Continue reading