Category: Essays

Mad Libs with Frasier and Joey

Playing Mad Libs with Looper and The Terminator reminded me about another astonishingly similar pair of projects. Years later, here are the Mad Libs for the television series Frasier and Joey. A hugely popular NBC Thursday night Must See TV…

SpinTunes 5 Judging Wrap-Up

Except for a few loose ends (like announcing the winner) that are in others’ hands, SpinTunes 5 is pretty much done, at least for me as a judge. It’s been interesting, challenging and worthwhile. Thanks to Spin for inviting me.…

Lost, Found: Finally

If You Don’t Have Something Nice To Say… On May 23, 2010, Lost signed off with The End. Finally, the finale, after years of mystery. A few days later, one of my local libraries hosted a discussion. Someone there told…

Thoughts on Songwriting Contests

In addition to some valuable learning about my songwriting and how to participate more effectively in songwriting contests, my SpinTunes experience led me to some general thoughts on how songwriting contests are — and could be — run. SpinTown and…

Lost, Found: Last Tuesday

Last night, the final new Tuesday episode aired. As much as it moved things forward and set up the finale, I don’t have much to say other than this: I remain pretty convinced of the general direction I posed the…