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    Songwriting in Your Sleep

Songwriting in Your Sleep

A funny thing has been transpiring lately. Something completely unexpected and almost supernatural in a way. If there is any "one thing" that I do well, out of the thousands and thousands of things we do or learn to do or are forced to do while we're journeying here in the earthly realm -- for surely every person possesses such [...]

2 comments Read Full Article 🕔04-27-2015
    Little House On the Prairie Versus Contemporary Society

Little House On the Prairie Versus Contemporary Society

So there it is. Another Sunday waving goodbye. I've come to enjoy this ritual of ending the day w/ an episode or 2 of Little House On the Prairie. Purchased the entire Season 1, as I've never seen it. What comes to mind most often while watching it, along with hundreds of other thoughts, is just how much society, hence [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔03-09-2015
    Buying Selling and Trading Your Digital Media

Buying Selling and Trading Your Digital Media

A few years back I posted an article here suggesting that the television industry needed to institute a radical change in programming and release full seasons of shows all at once instead of sticking to the old model of one episode per week and that they could even charge a premium for it because consumers were changing how they wanted [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔03-05-2015
    Aaron Sorkin Hits Another Grandslam with New Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin Hits Another Grandslam with New Newsroom

HBO's original series NEWSROOM is far and away the most intelligent program on television. Anywhere. Perhaps of all time. Several thoughts come to mind. Number one: Granted, this used to be a rather easy thing to say of course -- if one ever had the opportunity (rare) to encounter an intelligent program on TV in days past, because TV used to [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔12-01-2014
    On the Wretched State of the Music Business

On the Wretched State of the Music Business

A film producer was waxing nostalgic earlier today about how good the music of the 70s was and wondering why the music of today is so horrendous. I have already shared here in past posts that while I wholeheartedly agree with this notion I also recognize that there is some incredible music and musical innovation happening at the moment. It's [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔11-07-2014
    U2 Proves Rock is Dead. And So Is the Album

U2 Proves Rock is Dead. And So Is the Album

The below is the latest blog entry from music-culture blogger and general curmudgeon, Bob Lefsetz. In it he plainly and clearly argues that the release of the latest U2 album -- through giving it away for free via Apple's iTunes platform -- was yet another red flag that rock music AND the album as a viable art-form is utterly entirely [...]

7 comments Read Full Article 🕔09-11-2014
    Suicide Solution

Suicide Solution

The living may not "like" it, but suicide is not necessarily "bad or "wrong"... I Hold on to your bootstraps because we're going to rapid-fire this one, due to the fact that my wife has issued a personal challenge to me to finish at least one of the 22 different books I've started in the course of my short adventurous life. I've [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔08-30-2014
    Celebrating Robin Williams

Celebrating Robin Williams

By now the world is just waking up to the reality that comedian, actor and humanitarian Robin Williams has passed away. This one is going to be a sad one. This feels almost unspeakable. Continued shock... and more sadness. A real mind blower. Smack dab in the middle of all this mess, he decides to leave us? Now? We Americans [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔08-11-2014
    THE PROBLEM WITH MUSIC STREAMING FROM A BUSINESS STANDPOINT

THE PROBLEM WITH MUSIC STREAMING FROM A BUSINESS STANDPOINT

Regarding Spotify and Pandora and the like, we have been spending a LOT of time discussing and debating this issue. Just not here. I apologize for that. Unlike the "old days" where everything I did was memorialized here for the ages, social media has now taken over and the majority of my communications, thoughts, feelings ideas are now floating out [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔05-23-2014
    New Cosmos Big On Visuals But Something Missing

New Cosmos Big On Visuals But Something Missing

We're three episodes into the global premier of the eagerly anticipated remake of Carl Sagan's scientific documentary masterpiece, Cosmos. Word of it spread quickly through the various worlds of the literati and public alike. Over thirty years have passed. So.... Not only have scientific discoveries evolved, almost exponentially, leaving much new to cover, but so too has the technology [...]

2 comments Read Full Article 🕔04-07-2014
    Television an Impetus and Sign of the Decay of Society’s Morals & Values

Television an Impetus and Sign of the Decay of Society’s Morals & Values

Prologue: The start of the new year marks the beginning of year three of my exploration of American television. As many long time readers have noted lately, The Transcendence Diaries never talked about television in all the years it's been running. Thousands of pages and a full decade into this experiment, not one television show was ever mentioned until recently. That's because for the longest time I [...]

2 comments Read Full Article 🕔02-14-2014
    New Girl is Getting Old

New Girl is Getting Old

Cult hit Fox TV show NEW GIRL used to be a blast. It's first season especially. Wild carefree random unexpected quirkiness with that who cares attitude that only Generation Y can provide. Zoe was cute in a sort of dorky kindergarten teacher sort of way. And her three man crew made great sidemen each offering their own special bran of [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔01-08-2014
    Celebrating Lennon

Celebrating Lennon

Nelson Mandela wasn't the only public figure to pass away into the great unknown this week. Legendary singer songwriter activist and artiste extraordinaire John Lennon also made the journey just yesterday in fact when a crazy schizophrenic shot him down right outside his apt on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. Only it was 33 years ago. But that doesn't [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔12-10-2013
    Superman Explains the Transcendence Diaries

Superman Explains the Transcendence Diaries

Tonight Princess Little Tree had the opportunity to watch Superman I and II. We had never seen them before but had heard about them for years. we were curious. I more than she of course. Both movies are considered American classics. They made Christopher Reeve an instant celebrity and household name and swept up at the box office. As you [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔09-02-2013
    Not All Hurricanes Are Bad

Not All Hurricanes Are Bad

When I see films like THE HURRICANE which remind us of stories about the likes of people like the boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, I feel uplifted and inspired. My belief in justice and moral integrity are renewed. This is no easy task. Not in this day and age. Not in any prior. One could say in fact that as [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔08-29-2013
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