Decipherings (Cultural Reflections)

Inspirational Songs: R.E.M.’s “I Believe”

Inspirational Songs: R.E.M.’s “I Believe”

In my previous post I was discussing my pursuit of employment, which has its unique challenges and while I largely kept it based on reason and logic, I felt I should punctuate it with something full of positive feeling. One of…

Linking to Wikipedia: A Personal Quandary

Linking to Wikipedia: A Personal Quandary

In many of the posts on here, I provide links to additional information via Wikipedia. I’m conflicted about this decision. Part of the difficulty is that I was someone that spent hours upon hours sifting through articles, books, and yes,…

Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Having lately dealt with repeated clashes on my Facebook page from sharing politically-oriented articles, which were promptly berated by family members, the readings I present here gave me additional clarity about what was happening. They provided a framework that helped me…

First Impressions of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

First Impressions of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Heidi and I met up with some friends to see Quentin Tarantino‘s THE HATEFUL EIGHT during its limited roadshow screening in 70mm. Aside from the obvious glory of watching a movie projected in such a wide format and the fact…

Scott Weiland, You Will Be Missed

Scott Weiland, You Will Be Missed

Late last week singer Scott Weiland passed away. Over the weekend there have been many beautiful and touching memories shared and I needed a chance to say, “Thank you.” It would be impossible to say anything that would adequately convey…

Summer and Fall 2015 Album Releases

Summer and Fall 2015 Album Releases

There have been a lot of new albums coming out recently that I’ve been looking forward to hearing. I’ve heard at least a sampling of a song or two (in a few cases I’ve been lucky enough to listen to…

When Stone Temple Pilots Sound Like The Beatles

When Stone Temple Pilots Sound Like The Beatles

It happens often and it’s never a bad thing.  Though many bands invariably channel or attempt to emulate The Beatles, the only group that I’ve heard that has done so more than once successfully, while simultaneously remaining wholly original and…