Park or Art

Park or Art

Washington Park, Denver, Colorado   We recently spent our last day in Denver, my hometown, faced with the decision of how to let it unravel. Our options narrowed down to either a contemporary art museum or a 120-year-old city park. The museum’s current...
Irreverent Smile

Irreverent Smile

Skid Roper, Robert Feist, Mojo Nixon   Mojo Nixon burst into the control room with a two-foot plastic statue of the cartoon rooster Foghorn Leghorn in his arms. He set it on the console, plugged it in, and the red-head and yellow beak lit up. Then he hung an...
Brushes and Spray

Brushes and Spray

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany   “The art world is spun-up with so many elements, it overshadows the work,” I thought. “It’s not about the art. Rare is more valuable than art. A reproduction of one of van Gogh’s Sun Flowers would be just as beautiful on a...
Free Maintenance and a Cardboard Box

Free Maintenance and a Cardboard Box

Topatopa Mountains, Ojai, CA   I was having “one of those days.” At least that’s what I thought. We dropped our car off for its “free” regular maintenance only to learn it would be very expensive. A job I thought I was getting fell through. Finally, the costly...
The Essence of Simplicity

The Essence of Simplicity

Jettenbach, Germany   If I have a method to mixing a song or a film, it’s this: I find the core essence, the essential elements. In a song, it’s the vocal or the instrument carrying the melody, and the main accompaniment, usually a rhythm guitar or...
Scattered Shards

Scattered Shards

Studio C, A&M Studios, Hollywood, Jim Novak, London May, Tracy Stevens (top), Robert Feist, Tim Swenson, 1988   Guitarist Jim Novack invited me to see his band Lunch Box at the graffiti-encrusted Al’s Bar (circa ’88). I always felt uncomfortable at...