Tag: Willie Nelson

Though I clearly am a fashion icon myself, I don’t really understand handbags

Though I clearly am a fashion icon myself, I don’t really understand handbags

I’ve written more than once about how co-workers, friends, family, grocery store cashiers, homeless people and serial killers have made fun of my fashion sense — particularly their incorrect perception that I have none. I’m merely a nonconformist — and a frugal nonconformist at that. While I may not follow all the latest celebrities who are considered stylish, I do have plenty of famous fashion icons that I look up to and am inspired by — like Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Spicoli, Tripper Harrison, Cousin Eddie, The Dude and Crazy Jimmy down at the Possum Holler Pool Hall asking folks, “Lemme […]

The long and winding road of music hits a dead end

The long and winding road of music hits a dead end

The No. 1 song the day I was born was “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles. It was their 20th and last No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 in the United States. And it’s a fitting song for the beginning of my life’s musical soundtrack because (1) it’s been a long and winding road and (B) The Beatles have been at both ends of it. Recently we watched Peter Jackson’s three-part rock doc “Let It Be” about The Beatles’ final recording sessions. It was interesting but not fascinating. The main takeaway was that they had run their […]

Caution: Old man rant about today’s music ahead

Caution: Old man rant about today’s music ahead

(Photo: The corner of my writing room — no guitar smashing allowed.) When I browse Sirius XM satellite radio, I keep finding myself on channels like 70 on 7, 80s on 8, The Beatles Channel, Classic Rewind, Willie’s Roadhouse, Soul Town and similar stations that play music from when I was younger — a vague period of about half a century — and the music before I was even me. Sometimes I chill out with some jazz, listen to sports talk, catch a little bit of what passes for national broadcast news these days — or say the heck with […]

S-O-N-G-S with spelling irk me

S-O-N-G-S with spelling irk me

We rarely go to restaurants these days, but we were 10 minutes from home, hungry and it was too late for lunch but too early to begin grilling dinner. My wife suggested we stop for a quick snack at a fast-food restaurant. Never one to turn down grease congealed into round and square semi-edible items, I slung the car into the parking lot. “Great idea!” A few minutes later, we were sitting at a table with order 298 — a round grease thing for her and six tiny round grease things for me — when we realized we were trapped. […]