Author: Liam Sweeny

There are two ways to look at music. One way is the way we see it when we go to a show, dance, hang out, and boy, is the band putting on a show! But the other way is to understand that every song starts as a seed of feeling, sometimes a complex feeling, one […]

We have a strange relationship with all things digital. We long for the analog, the feel the touch, while we rail against the touch screen. But fifty years will make everything we rail against ‘vintage’ and ‘cherished.’ And in our music, over the decades, we have begrudgingly accepted electricity to show up in guitars, basses, […]

Rockabilly is fun. Admit it. And imagine a guy in flash, singing about juke joints and dancing with a big, shiny stand-up bass – meet Jaybird Gorleski. Former bass player for Rocky Velvet, the Cobras and Slick Fitty, Jay Bird is a commanding stage presence. We sit down with Jaybird and talked shop and the […]

RRX: Within our readership, there’s a real fondness for rock, and most of us are fully aware of the blues roots, figures like Robert Johnson and Howling Wolf being rediscovered and reinterpreted time and again. How is jazz history like this, and how is it different? Where do we see jazz today, outside of its […]

Classical performance is unlike any other. Many of the music we showcase here surfs waves of watts and the angst that scratches at the bonds of polite society, classical is often depicted as the pinnacle of said society. But you need only scratch the veneer of its movements and measures to see that classical composition […]

It can be said that we will never renew the beauty of the world until we can recognize the beauty and purpose of even what we throw away. And it’s the creative innovators among us who, day in and day out, determine that one man’s trash is their treasure. Is this the one who fixes […]

Writing is the evil twin of music. Well, maybe not evil, but there isn’t a word that readily comes to this writer’s mind for the relationship. Maybe Yin-Yang? Lovers? Each borrows from the other, and each feeds into the other. But the world of musicians, bands, and venues is much different than that of writers, […]

Luke McNamee and friends performing “Pomp and Quarantine” at various locations in Troy.

We were incredibly happy living in Santa Cruz.  We’d finally found a place that felt like home.  However, that soon changed.  I’ve always had prophetic dreams.  I’ve often dreamed about people’s deaths at the time that they are dying.  I’ve also gotten warnings in dreams about things that were avoidable.  It’s been both helpful and […]

http://goodtimes.sc/cover-stories/earthquake-walking-tour/ In addition to driving or hitchhiking to San Francisco for music, there was plenty of music right near our home in and around Santa Cruz. The center of activity was the Pacific Avenue pedestrian mall. This was the major hangout spot. There was always music there. There were always buskers (street musicians). I once […]


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