I probe the depths of my Frank Sinatra anxiety, and tell how I came to terms with his blowhard's anthem.
100 years ago, Oswald Spengler announced the 'Decline of the West' and made predictions about cities in the 21st Century. Was he correct?
Clinical evidence and field research indicate that longer songs have a more euphoric and hypnotic impact. So why do commercial songs end so soon?
In a music business that assigns every artist a category, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou—soon to celebrate her 98th birthday—has operated beyond all labe…
Here are two songs from the updated edition of The Jazz Standards, my new guide to the 267 essential jazz compositions—published a few days ago by Oxfo…
Imagine a Silicon Valley strategy implemented with the United States phone system 100 years ago. It's not a pretty picture.
As a special feature for paid subscribers to The Honest Broker, I’m sharing mini-reviews of ten recent recordings of exceptional merit—all styles, all …
Or dark truths René Girard should have told us about popular culture but never got around to saying.
Here's my latest motley collection for subscribers to The Honest Broker—an assortment of links, images, opinions, and amusements, mostly related to mus…
There was a side of Billie Holiday fans never saw. You don't hear about it for the sad, simple reason that positive stories about Lady Day don’t fit th…
I usually write books, but my biggest project in 2021 was moving them—and it's tougher than it looks.
The first songs to express personal emotions appeared more than 3,000 years ago in Deir el-Medina, a village on the Nile. By coincidence this was also …