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Summer Songs of 2014 – When Isaiah Got His Musical Mojo

I imagine myself watching Isaiah walk down the aisle – graduation, wedding, court – and thinking back to this summer. This summer when he would change from an 8yo who was happy listening to what I had playing on the stereo, to a 9yo kid with an opinion. It turned out that was okay, because, […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – Twisted Mixtape Returns!

I want to thank Marvel, James Gunn and the powers that be, for reaching deep down inside my soul and reviving my love of the mixtape. I admit it, I was lost, I had replaced my passion with lifeless monotony. I was still in flux when it came to the decision to revive our mixtape […]

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An Ode to Pete Seeger

I never knew the banjo was a hillbilly instrument. When I first saw a banjo, it was in my father’s arms. My father was a chemist, a business owner and a banjo player. He didn’t play with a group. He played for fun, he played for us kids, but he also played for himself, a […]

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The Beatle Who Vanished

Is there a band more recognizable than The Beatles? When searching for the Best Rock Band of All-Time the answer was unanimous. But search for the answer to this question, “Who is the fifth Beatle?” and amazingly you will not find the real answer. On June 3, 1964 the fate of a successful, but small-time […]

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Twisted MixTape – Last Dance

Well folks, this is it. The band is packing up, the punch bowl is empty and the balloons are swimming on the dance floor. This is the last Twisted MixTape Tuesday for a while, and I’m feeling nostalgic already. This week’s theme is Missing You or Farewell.  I will be missing all of you these […]

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Twisted MixTape 52 – Greatest Hits

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. What started as a conversation with my sister, sitting in my car, telling her all about this idea I had to make mixtapes on my blog and share them, has turned into one of my favorite parts of the week and to think, I was so scared […]

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Twisted Mix Tape 51 – And Then There Was Live at Ravinia

Hey everyone! Welcome welcome! There is nothing like a great concert, getting to see a favorite band live. Or maybe a band you’ve never seen before – or just didn’t appreciate. I am lucky enough to live by one of the most amazing outdoor venues in the US, sadly we live in the midwest, which […]

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Was My Gateway Drug – Of Sorts

I was a little like Janet and Brad in 1985, alternative music was for other kids: The city kids, the kids in Chicago, not for suburban kids like me.  Chicago kids went to clubs and live shows, what did we do? We went to parties and crossed our fingers the cops wouldn’t show up. Maybe […]

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Twisted Mix Tape 50 – Sorry Lady, I’m in Love With Someone Else – I Think

Forbidden love, it’s always sunshine and flowers until the reality sets in. I mean really, that kind of passion and excitement can’t last. Let’s face it, Nothing Looks The Same in the Light, just ask those boys from Wham! So let’s get to it. What is more forbidden than being in love with someone who […]

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There Must Be Some Misunderstanding – Losing Phil and Finding Van Halen with Doug Foster

  Growing up, until I got to sixth grade or so, my older brother was the primary caretaker of our record collection. Whether due to having more money or more knowledge, when we got a new record, he was likely the one to buy it. Otherwise for me, most of my exposure to music was […]