Dr. Ford’s Ordinary Honesty Is Culturally Devastating

Without guile or calculated preparation, Dr. Christine Ford has forever altered our culture, illuminating the fear and anxiety that a victim of sexual assault forever endures. Her ordinary honesty explodes the Republicans’ rush to confirmation, ends Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS ambitions and even jeopardizes his position as a DC Circuit Court judge. I’ve spent my adult life in conscious pursuit of empathy …

How To Doubt Our Institutions 101

Even if you tried–even if you held a nationwide contest on 1980s-era sexist credentials–you could not find 11 men more out of touch with America’s current socio-sexual culture than the 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. They can somehow wait more than a year to fill a SCOTUS vacancy when Merrick Garland was nominated, not even giving him a meeting, …

America and Kavanaugh: Our Growing Plutarchy

There are nearly 1000 federal judges in our Court of Appeals system, in every part of this very large, voluminously populated country. Why is it then that the two most recent nominations for the Supreme Court (Gorsuch and Kavanaugh–forget the badly maligned Merrick Garland) have attended the same private high school? And why is it that Kavanaugh and George W. …

The Right Wing Conundrum

The primaries bring out the extremists, nutters and other arch-conservative flotsam & jetsam; whereas Americans vote in the general election. Because of this, the GOP will forever nominate candidates that have catered to this far right and won the primaries. The Giuliani remarks drew a sad dismissal from most Americans. yet the right wing media machine (the monolith that deeply …

House Of Cards

I’ve been catching up on this fantastic Netflix series called House Of Cards. It’s made me stay up through the wee hours, but Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Congressman Frank Underwood as both brutal power broker and brilliant political tactician is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Underwood is a complicated, hungry and manipulative man, but the show ultimately …

Thoughts on The 2015 Grammies Fallout

Thoughts on the Grammies: Kanye West was rude and childish but I don’t think a pejorative look at Beyonce vs. Beck and how the records were produced gets us anywhere.  I think I’m talking about all the aftermath and fallout I’ve read more than the original event. What Kanye did was seriously uncool. But the comparisons between Beck & Beyonce’s …

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I’m kind of shocked but also heartened by how much I liked the Grammies this year. The performances were stellar and so many of the songs were good. I loved Ed Sheeran and his beautiful little song–basically a rewrite of “Stand By Me” with its I-VIm-IV-V chord changes and lively vocal from Ed. Loved the opening of course (AC/DC), but …

St Dunstan’s Tickets Link

The link for tickets is up now on St Dunstan’s website for our April 11 show at the Theatre. Performance is in cahoots with the new release of Midwestern: Best Of 1995-2015. http://www.showclix.com/event/StewartFranckeCDReleaseConcert

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CD Release Concert for Midwestern

We’re looking forward to the concert at St Dunstan’s on April 11. It’s the 15th cd and it never gets old celebrating the release of a new one. Hope to see you there.

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CounterPunch review of A Familiar Fire

Stewart Francke: A Familiar Fire (Blue Boundary, 2014) An hour of blue-eyed soul from a neglected master of the genre. A Familiar Fire is Francke’s tenth album, but there’s nothing repetitive about it. The years on the road have only made him wiser and deepened the grooves. There’s a surety and individuality to Francke’s singing on these songs of heartbreak and loss …