Judas Priest. Heavy Metal Firepower.

Vocalist Rob Halford still can soar. It is remarkable that someone with his longevity can still reach a significant top range as a singer. When guitarist K.K. Downing left the band in 2011, I had difficulty with the idea of the group continuing on without him. Given that Glenn Tipton was continuing at the time, […]


You want to sound like you are speaking. You want to write as if you are speaking directly to the reader in front of you. Words organized properly on the page and screen are meant to be read aloud if one so chooses. The editing process offers the challenge of hearing how those words sound […]

The Jazz of Gary Burton

A sample of records from my collection, connected to Gary Burton Almost any time that the sounds of jazz are spinning on my turntable, Gary Burton can be heard commanding the vibraphone. In my high school days I discovered some incredible Montreal Jazz Festival concert footage of the great vibraphonists. Milt Jackson and his work […]

I’ll Be Honest With You

I’ll be honest with you. If I am being honest. Which I am. There are few things about communication that I find difficult to read. When we are reading, we expect our content to be factual and true, with few exceptions. Writing or saying “I’ll be honest with you” is completely unnecessary. It takes the […]