Dira Dawa, Northern Ethiopia, January 2007

Inside emergency shelter camp, following massive flooding which left thousands of villagers homeless.

20 October 2015

Open Challenge to Rebecca Rimel, President of Pew Charitable Trusts: Match Your Mission Statement With Your Position On Alaskan Oil Drilling

Dear Ms. Rimel, I am an independent writer with an interest in environmental issues. I am a father, and an informed citizen. The credentials I hold as a writer and citizen are no less important than those of yours, which, I presume, may be bred from similar motivation: intellectual curiosity and, mostly, a committed citizen and…

27 May 2014

Coldplay: Say Something, I’m Giving Up on You

Flash back - Fall 2007 

Mega-billion seller band RADIOHEAD releases long-awaited CD "In Rainbows". The band takes control of its own distribution and sales, and makes the CD available directly from the band's website (i.e., no distributor), at a cost of…. whatever you can afford.

It was an experiment, certainly at the chagrin of the band’s previous corporate label and distribution partners, to support their fans and all music lovers / participants with more affordable music by eliminating middlemen corporate structures. It also was an effort to establish a new distribution model - to be used by other bands as an independent alternative to relying exclusively on the traditional, highly limiting, corporate music industry.

Other artists have also ventured, with limited success, to establish independent labels and distribution. Prince may be the most notable example of a major artist who has shunned the traditional corporate industry structure once he became successful, seemingly placing a higher priority on supporting new artists and artistic integrity than on corporate-driven profits.

Flash to present: May 2014

Mega-billion seller band COLDPLAY releases long-awaited CD “Ghost Stories” by announcing that the band will not offer the CD to internet streaming services, such as Spotify, in an effort to avoid any free downloads.  This, concurrent with the band’s signing of huge exclusivity contracts in marketing, distribution and sales with two of the largest communications and music retail corporations in the world, iTunes and Target. The band is now featured in a popular music video it made as a Target television ad (view it, above.)

I’ve been a huge fan.  But perhaps, in recognition of the band’s evolution, it’s time for an official name change. I suggest “Oldplay”.

I find myself directing the following plea, taken from another current popular song, towards Mr. Martin and the Coldplay boys:  "Say Something, I'm Giving Up on You."

07 April 2014

Spills, Explosions, Earthquakes and War: Welcome to American Energy “Independence” (via Desmogblog)

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:07Don Lieber A well-deserved show of gratitude to the efficient and reliable fossil fuel sources of American energy independence — oil, coal and gas — is in order, following a truly remarkable string of success stories in recent…

08 March 2014

My new morning work out routine

19 February 2014

Brenna is an old buddy of mine from Portland, Oregon; her show is a comedic life-story set to the music of the '70s give or take a few years. Fun stuff. Good band, good vibes. Thanks Brenna!

22 January 2014

Divest Now! A Night of Performance to Support NYU Divest.

I'm proud to announce the upcoming night of performance which I've organized. What a cool group of amazing artists - film, music, theater, comedy - who've agreed to come together in support of NYU Divest. Details here: It'll be a very cool night of fun. and I'm super-psyched to be playing bass for Devon Glover aka: "T-Dome featuring The Sonnet Man." He.Is.Amazing.. JOIN THE FUN!!!!

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