Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

Engraving of “The Vision of The Valley of The Dry Bones” by Gustave Doré

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around . . . → Read More: Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

“Steady”: My Jules Shear Movie, By Todd Johnson

Home Somewhere: Finding Jules Shear

On Friday night, June 20 of 2014, I saw a VSOP with possibly my favorite songwriter and recording artist, Jules Shear. This concert was a Jules Shear musical retrospective that was being filmed for an upcoming documentary about the career and life of Jules Shear. Chasing Jules is . . . → Read More: “Steady”: My Jules Shear Movie, By Todd Johnson

Quick Reflection on Seeing the Psychedelic Furs Last Night, by Todd Johnson

Photo by Kjerstin Johnson

I saw the Furs the first time at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on August 21, 1981, 34 years and 11 months to the day before last night’s show at the Santa Monica Pier.

That show was opened by the Chicago power pop band, The Kind, and was followed by . . . → Read More: Quick Reflection on Seeing the Psychedelic Furs Last Night, by Todd Johnson

Reflections on a Hard Night and Weeping Strings, by Todd Johnson

This year marks the Golden Anniversary of many events and milestones of the Woodstock generation. LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” King’s “Dream Speech” and the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night to name a few. And anyone tracking the news in any media will be hard pressed to avoid this long look into our cultural rear view . . . → Read More: Reflections on a Hard Night and Weeping Strings, by Todd Johnson

Which Genesis Album Was Best? Reader Comments Needed – By Todd Johnson

Some high school friends and I put together a music anthology to celebrate turning 50. It was a 5 CD set of songs that come out when we were in high school. I did the mix and the accompanying essay.

It to me (with some help) represented about a year’s worth of research to . . . → Read More: Which Genesis Album Was Best? Reader Comments Needed – By Todd Johnson

Supper’s Ready – One Song at the Confluence of the 60s and the 70s, By Todd Johnson

It is said that a Football game has approximately 4 minutes of action in it. Baseball, surprisingly, a bit more. So when you see the highlights of a game, you are actually watching a significant portion of the action of the game. But part of the thrill of watching the game is not knowing . . . → Read More: Supper’s Ready – One Song at the Confluence of the 60s and the 70s, By Todd Johnson