Monday, May 29, 2017

Lyle Greenfield

Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

I was flailing a bit, trying to figure out what the next column might be about when my partner Brian suggested, “How about Kidz Bop?”  To which I replied, “What the hell is Kidz Bop?”  “Look it up,” he deadpanned.  Brian has two beautiful little girls, ages 5 and 9.

So, turns out that...

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

As the world knows, I’m a liberal.  Social and fiscal.  So, for like-minded citizens these are not easy times.  You’ve seen me talking to myself on the street, in the subway.  Don’t be concerned—I’ll be fine.  Just wanted to establish the context. From the immigration ban to defunding Planned...

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Late last summer I had the great pleasure of seeing the premiere of the documentary “Score,” written and directed by Matt Schrader
 

It’s a wholly...

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

If someone could apply an icepack to my forehead for a few minutes, that would be great.  I’m not sure what I’m feeling just now, about the state of music in our culture at this moment.  The state of our culture in general.  Just feeling slightly dizzy.

I think it’s in my nature to try to...

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016

SHOOT’s Earwitness author Lyle Greenfield has departed from the regular format of the column this month to bring you a special panel discussion with six music production executives. Organizing and moderating the panel, Lyle posed the following questions:

  • In this time of
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Friday, Jun. 17, 2016

Sunny, warm, dry in NYC as I write this.  Summer solstice a few days away—you feel what I’m hearing?  You hear what I’m feeling?  A certain kind of music that attaches itself to your hips, makes everybody a bobble-head.  Feet off the ground.  Eyes closed.  Arms floating.  That’s right. Nice....

Wednesday, May. 25, 2016

I’ve had the title of this column in my head for over a month.  Probably came out of all the “transgender” news, tweets and bathroom chatter.  I dunno..just popped out.

What would that mean in the realm of popular music—“transgenre”?

And I thought, it’s when an artist we’ve...

Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

4…3…2…1…Skip ad.  Click.  Gone!

I have questions.  Normally, I have answers—I’m your "Earwitness," for pop’s sake!  But I have questions.

Why would you NOT “Skip ad”?  You wanted to hear/watch Charlie Puth’s sweet...

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

As Taylor Swift famously clarified, a hater’s gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.  So let’s talk about the 2016 Grammy Awards with Valentine-love in our hearts, and just a pinch of WTF!? to keep it real!

But first, a commercial break.  In the form of...

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

I don’t pretend to be versed in the complete body of musical and visual works of David Bowie, the seminal artist whom the Universe lost to cancer a few days ago.  Yet, like millions of my fellow humans, I was stunned and saddend by the news of his death.  When...