Happy Sunday: Crossing Tennessee

By the time you read this, I will be leaving Knoxville, TN and on my way to New Orleans — the second stop of a roadtrip to Laredo, TX. I will be tired, probably pumping myself full of caffeine and just wishing I could stretch my legs. And I will be listening to my roadtrip mix, which will involve a whole lot of Otis Redding.

In Defense of Macklemore

The other day I saw a Tweet from self-publishing success story Amanda Hocking that got me thinking. Here’s the Tweet:

macklemore tweet

There seems to be a lot of backlash against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis which seems…well…unfair. You know what else is unfair? Comparing any artist to the Beatles, as if every musical artist is supposed to be earth shattering. Not every musician can change the face of music, nor should they be expected to. But Macklemore & Ryan Lewis actually are shaking the ground of hip-hop a bit. Continue reading