Sunday, December 4, 2016

Earwitness

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....

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...

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

The world is getting harder.  My psyche, fried.  Nightmares accelerating.  Politics like wrecks on the Freeway every quarter mile.  Another suicide bombing/shooting?  In a school/mosque?  An outbreak of what?  Where is that country?  But what about Timmy’s...

Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

As we sat around the Labor Day bonfire, draining bottles and discussing the amazing meal of animal parts I had just grilled, the subject of popular music came up (yes,  music, not Trump).

My good friend Liam Sullivan, musician and author of...

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

When I first learned that the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Alan Gilbert, would be presenting an orchestral celebration of the earworm on September 6th in Central Park I swooned in ecstacy.  As a life-long proponent of “hooks” and sticky melodies I felt...

Monday, Jul. 13, 2015

We all know the importance of music—the soundtrack—in moving a moving picture on every emotional level.  How do we know this?  Because I’ve said it at least a hundred times and I would never lie to you (except about how you look in those shoes).

When music and picture are literally and...

Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015

Music lovers of a certain age, or devotees of a certain era, may find themselves occasionally longing for the soulful voices of the past.  Voices you don’t hear on “The Voice”.

It’s generally held that soul music is rooted in the gospel and blues of...