A Thanksgiving Thank-you

Maybe you’re the sort who doesn’t spend Thanksgiving in front of a television, watching men run up and down a field in funny costumes. Further, maybe you didn’t eat so much turkey on Thanksgiving to cause a tryptophan-induced coma (or maybe it hasn’t kicked in yet). Or maybe you’re not reading this humble little note on the day it was published (Thanksgiving Day 2011). In any event, if you’ve wandered here (or arrived on purpose), I might direct your attention to some recent interviews you might find enjoyable.

  • Van Dyke Parks was the lyricist with composer Brian Wilson for the decades-delayed SMiLE album arguably a milestone of popular music of any era. Parks and I sat down for coffee and a chat not long ago.
  • The recently-concluded Two of a Perfect Trio tour brought together three veterans of King Crimson with three younger (yet equally impressive) musicians. I spent some time at soundcheck and then backstage with the band, and they patiently fielded my questions, both arcane and pertinent.
  • The Grip Weeds are keepers of the rock’n’roll flame, though they try to avoid the term powerpop. Whatever you call it, it’s good stuff. The Grip Weeds’ Kurt Reil discusses the group’s Strange Change Machine and previews some upcoming projects.
  • Tommy Keene released Behind the Parade — the latest in a long line of ace albums – in 2011. He took time to discuss his approach to songwriting and production in this illuminating interview (the second time I’ve interviewed him, by the way).

There’s loads more. Look around, and tell your friends. On this day of giving thanks, allow me the indulgence of thanking all of the artists, publicists, label reps and promoters who help me do what I do. And, of course, a sincere thanks to all of my readers. Happy Thanksgiving.

P.S. here’s another Thanksgiving tradition…