My Jazz Odyssey: A Musical Tribute to Baseball Cards

Baseball and Jazz. Two things I enjoy greatly, and two things Ken Burns made popular PBS documentaries for. That could be part of the reason I’m associating the two in this post, but why not? Both had musicians and athletes that brought wider public awareness of inequalities and civil rights struggles of the Black population. … Continue reading My Jazz Odyssey: A Musical Tribute to Baseball Cards

Toys That Rock!

We still can’t enjoy our favourite musicians on tour, but if you are a kid at heart like me with an active imagination, then you can simply take a tour of your room or living space and reenact the live experience. How is that, exactly? I’m a toy collector. Yes, on top of my music, … Continue reading Toys That Rock!

Playing Matchmaker

Among many things that the COVID-19 presence has lead to over the past year has been that due to the physical isolation, it has made dating rather difficult. Traditional avenues for meeting people are closed down (some permanently), and online dating cannot often advance to in-person dating due to the lockdowns imposed on the public. … Continue reading Playing Matchmaker

Alternate Album Cover Art V: The (Not-So) Final Frontier

Sorry, I couldn’t help but sneak a Star Trek reference into the title. There’s plenty of these cases to go over. If you’re not sure what I do with these things, I basically explore albums from various genres and highlight artists that have made bold, interesting, pointless, well-needed, or idiotic changes to their album art … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art V: The (Not-So) Final Frontier

When Two Become One: The Beatles (aka The White Album)

We all have albums in our collection that run a bit on the long side. There are several reasons why this might be, and hopefully for the artist’s sake, it’s not because they aren’t as good at writing songs as they think they are. In many cases, the artist or band may have written and … Continue reading When Two Become One: The Beatles (aka The White Album)

1991 Premier Rap Pack Trading Cards

My rap and hip-hop consumption has been rather low over the past few years. I can count all the albums from the genre I’ve purchased in the past year on one hand with a pair of CDs in Dr. Octagon’s Dr. Octagonocologyst and Jurassic 5’s Quality Control, as well as cassette copies of Grandmaster Flash’s … Continue reading 1991 Premier Rap Pack Trading Cards

Music Press Photos

You know those glossy, black and white photos that celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld would sign for fans while on the road, and write quips on them as regrettable as “Nothing’s finer than being in your diner” or worse? I collect those. I’ve seen plenty of bars and dining establishments display signed pictures of musicians or … Continue reading Music Press Photos

Collect-A-Books (Music Edition)

What childhood was complete without having a few pocketbooks scattered throughout your room? They made for a great quick gift idea since they were a fraction of the cost of a full-sized book, and allowed you to keep a reduced book collection in as little as a shoe box versus the necessity of shelving (yes, … Continue reading Collect-A-Books (Music Edition)

Alternate Album Cover Art IV

There doesn’t seem like much to do as a music fan these days. Thankfully, I can still order albums over the internet, though the stacks of them flooding my modest apartment make me look much like a hoarder. Organizing music is always a good activity, especially when you find the odd record that you haven’t … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art IV