2022, Whatchagot?

A kind of Mooonmemory Year-end reflections and new year predictions are flowing freely across the mediums we have now come to call “home.” A quarter century ago, the coming benefits and banes of the Internet were largely unknown and unimaginable to most humans, and today, the slightest ripple in its 24/7 “service” – like anyContinue reading “2022, Whatchagot?”

Lesson Plan: Music Charts

To be honest, I get my weekly dose of mainstream pop music and gossip from a syndicated radio show, Asia Pop 40, hosted by an affable young DJ by the name of Joey Chou. Naturally, the chart is comprised of the most downloaded and streamed songs across the continent, including charts in the Philippines, Vietnam,Continue reading “Lesson Plan: Music Charts”

Ah, Ms. Safka

Stopped at one of those mindless memes on Faceboook (we spell everything with three Os now) that promised to predict the course of someone’s life in the coming year, 2020. Turns out the secret is kept in the title of “the #1 song” on an individual’s 18th birthday. OK, let’s play. First of all, thisContinue reading “Ah, Ms. Safka”

Movie Trailers Go ‘Boom!'(er)

If you seek evidence that Baby Boomers continue to influence the soundtrack of popular culture, look no further than the trailers for two upcoming blockbuster movies, The Matrix Resurrections and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Both are set to songs written and popularized between the years 1966 and 1968, “White Rabbit,” by the Jefferson Airplane,Continue reading “Movie Trailers Go ‘Boom!'(er)”


Here’s an excerpt from “A Hack Or A Whore,” Chapter Three of the highly entertaining rock memoir, Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars.” I know which one I’d choose today. “The runaway train pace of rock writing and editing continued in 1978 with Triad and the Illinois Entertainer, as well as Lively TimesContinue reading “Mooonmemories”

Speaking of World Music

The recent plane-crash death of Brazilian pop star Marilia Mendonça and her music producer illustrates how little most of us know about the cultural music enjoyed by people in other parts of the world. As music seems fairly provincial in that regard, curiosity, research, and physical effort are the roads every music fan must takeContinue reading “Speaking of World Music”

Lesson Plan: The Fame Game

Josephmooon often wants to talk about fame. What does it mean to be famous? Who is more famous than so-and-so? When will Josephmooon be famous? Once again, Ronan opened a recent session with questions like, “Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?” “Who’s more famous, Donald Trump or Albert Einstein?” Of course, he alreadyContinue reading “Lesson Plan: The Fame Game”