Rampant Tom-isms

Well, here is my little corner of the world wherein I'll randomly add thoughts , opinions and writings from time to time ...about music, the music industry and life... thoughts and opinions that mean everything and nothing at the same time...enjoy!

THOUGHTS, OPINIONS and WRITINGS

Liner Notes from 2015's Sketches Album Release

Let’s hear it for the underdog, for the second string, for the runner-up, and for all of the creative works in this world that wind up sliced, diced and edited out.  

So therein lies the theme of this album...it’s a…

Needle Drop Central - Episode 1

I have now officially organized my collection of 300 prog rock albums from the 1970’s and will be basking in the joy of two full LP album needle drops (that’s 4 albums sides...so I’ll be getting my exercise) on my…

Liner Notes from 1997's Invoking the Veiled Reference Album

A Road Map Through the Veiled References: 

1……..  The Time in Nick’s Bottle…..4.34 

In this piece, a tip of the hat goes to Nick Drake’s Fruit Tree and Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle.  More than likely, their influence is…

Liner Notes from 1995's Under Cover of Darkness Album

 

It was August 10, 1994, and I spent the evening alone. With my family safely tucked away at Eagle River, I tinkered with a bottle of Amaretto Di Saronno and what has now become the core of this recording. 

As…

My Top Thirty Popular (Non-classical) Albums

 

In no particular order...

1. The Grays - Ro Sham Bo

2. Toad the Wet Sprocket - Pale

3. Brian Vander Ark - Resurrection 

4. REM - Automatic for the People 

5. E - A Man called E 

6. Eels…

Did I or did I not play Carnegie Hall? That is the question

 

Guys in the studio sometimes disagree, or agree to disagree just to stir the pot...play a joke...start a rumor...whatever...just to get under each other’s skin once in a while. I suppose the same thing happens in the military, in the…

Ahhh The Glory in Family Music Reviews

 

The best way to get a real kick to the gut is to ask your family members to listen to your music and to please render an opinion. Remember, these are the people who have seen you in your underwear…

The Purity of Instrumental Music

 

I've often felt that the best way to devalue a piece of music is to take pen to paper and start writing lyrics...and then, even worse, open your mouth and start singing! In most cases, (to me) adding lyrics is…

From the Friendly Confines of the Guitar

 

It was my Mom who taught me that a great path to happiness in life is to bloom where you’re planted...to find your peace there...to stay within the friendly confines. It works for our lovable Chicago Cubs, and yet the…