Endorsement: Kate and Anna McGarrigle

I’ve gotta take a pause from songwriting and/or Allen Toussaint fetishizing and switch the subject of my gaze to another celestial object: the McGarrigle sisters, Kate and Anna.  Perhaps you don’t know them at all, or perhaps you know them only as Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s mother and aunt, respectively.  In my family, our introduction … Continue reading

Angry Young Machines

This week’s song, “Angry Young Machines,” was inspired by a trip to the Art Institute that Lara and I took over the holidays.  We checked out the new Modern Wing, which was beautiful.  Some of the best real estate in the wing is the stairwell landings.  Each landing frames a sculpture against a choice view … Continue reading


With “Positivism“, I’m attempting a musical-theatre number, with lyrics in the Cole Porter vein (minus the cleverness). In my maudlin imaginary musical, the romantic lead, a drunk and sad-sack loser, is trying to come to grips with whether he’ll ever know anything for sure. The song’s title comes from the philosophy of logical positivism, which … Continue reading