Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
Over the past month and a half I have been digging through my entire physical music library; cataloging, sorting and most daunting of all, boxing up not only the last 17 years of living in Maryland, but pretty much my entire adult life of employment, musical obsessions and projects.
Cleaning out the old home studio desk a treasure trove of memories were sparked through letters, documents, playlists and especially photos. Trust me, my long suffering wife has been absolutely correct in her often repeated mantra “You have way too much shit in this house!”
Then it happened. With the giant desk just about empty I freed a card of some kind from a crevice and it stopped me in my tracks. The mass card from the wake of J.T. -- James Theodore Theodoracopulos. J.T. was a beautiful guy in every way and a much too young casualty of Aids in the early 90s. J.T. was the guy who really played the first song in the history of FM 106.3 and we all loved him very much.
It inspired me to put this show together… and I have a feeling there will be a part 2 as soon as the new studio is ready.
Posted this one last week directly to Mixcloud using a temporary setup while a rebuild of the home studio takes place.
One of my favorite episodes of Playing Records With Mike. In fact, one of my personal career highlights. A magical afternoon with the sublime Mavis and tons of laughs. With the news yesterday of the final gutting of The Loft I would like to dedicate this upload to Franny Thomas who engineered this interview and gave her heart and soul to The Loft for 11 years.
What a wonderful trip! So happy that I had the time and opportunity to move my daughter out to beautiful Colorado. It was kind of a hellish ride complete with some tough weather... and the loss of our roof rack as soon as we crossed into Indiana! Unquestionably an adventure I think we'll both cherish forever. When we needed to up the adrenaline and avoid white line fever the catalogs of Led Zeppelin and The Hold Steady, "Quadrophenia" from The Who, M. Rivers brilliant new record and Julian Cope's "Peggy Suicide" were all blasted at maximum volume. But perhaps the most musically poignant moment occurred crossing into Colorado when on shuffle "A Long December" from Counting Crows came on. The lyrics summed up how we both felt (for different reasons) starting this new year and new chapter in our lives. We took it as a sign that we were truly on the path we need to be.
More on the trip soon but for now here's a few new things I discovered on my return.
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