The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Ariana Grande blows up Saturday Night Live

There are stretches of time where Saturday Night Live forgets the funny. And there are guest stars who fail to shine, or twinkle before they explode like a supernova the moment … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

SUNRISE by the Olson Bros, Donald Trump and the power of authenticity

Good stuff, right? I’m not a country fan, and I’ve played this song a zillion times. You probably haven’t heard of the Olson Bros, which is the point of the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

CARL POPPA by Bad Lip Reading is a brilliant parody–and you can DANCE to it

How much do I love this? Here’s how much: I could not adore it more, or find a single serious way to improve the lyrics or the music. Seriously. Four out … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Why WATCH ME by Silento is simple and viral

Now, music majors and people with taste around the world will sniff that this song is far too simple and boring. Give us something complex and interesting, a song that’s … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

THE SEVENTH ELEMENT by Vitas is inspired crazytown

How do I love this? Let me count the ways. 1) It’s completely and utterly different. Have you ever seen or heard anything like this? No.  This is what would … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · 7 Comments

7 reasons why music videos possess tremendous power

This is about why lectures never work, poetry is powerful, even instrumental music can make you cry and the humble, silly music video can be one of the most devastating … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

SAY IT RIGHT by Nelly Furtado is just right

This is how to you do it: simple, elegant, beautifully shot, with quick cuts done right to the beat and nothing insane, like the singer’s best friend’s cousin thought would be … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment