Sanctifying Music, Sex & Death: Remembering Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

April 2 1984, if I remember correctly, was a cool, crisp Spring morning. waiting for school to begin, students regularly waited in the quad area and just outside the athletic fields on benches waiting for the bell to ring for school to start. This morning was different though, the night before, Marvin Gaye was killed by his father in Los Angeles, the news made its way through school, and a pall was cast over James A. Garfield Sr. High School in East LA.  Marvin, you see, was one of our musical … [Read more...]

The Seeker King by Gary Tillery–A Review

ElvisDorsey2

Gary Tillery’s The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley, published by Quest Books (an imprint of the Theosophical Society), presents the King as a life-long seeker, making a case that Elvis was more involved in seeking mystical wisdom from sources as diverse as the Self Realization Fellowship (already a well-known part of Elvis’s religious seeking, see Peter Guaralick’s exhaustive 2-volume biography of Elvis.) To Elvis lore, Tillery adds that Elvis also sought solace in the writi … [Read more...]

Nostalgia is the enemy of history–except when it’s not

Mandela

There are those rare moments of confluence--when history, nostalgia and a child's curiosity all conspire to ensure that my digging into my 80s musical treasures will be for not.My daughter, a precocious 11-year old told me a few days ago she wants to know what the 80s were like? I ignore the obvious feeling that I am OLD, and gleefully prepare Spotify lists hoping she will listen. Making mixed-tapes, the prerogative of every angsty teen was a speciality of mine--I took to making my daughter … [Read more...]

End of the Summer Musings

Voodoo Donut-Portland

Been doing lots of posts on culture and music—because sometimes you just have to unplug from the news. And it's summer! And it's now over...soPortland is a phenomenal city-vacationing there reminds me that the Northwest—a bastion of the “nones” is a great place to live. I got lots of writing done on lots of little projects- I'm happy about that! Things I'm less happy about: harassing children for singing the national anthem in Español. Classless hatred at its worst. Even more distur … [Read more...]


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