Paradise by the Dashboard Light

By John Fraim (Author of Spirit Catcher, The Art & Life of John Coltrane) Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf) was an American singer and actor. He was noted for his powerful, wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows. His Bat Out of Hell trilogy has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. The first […]

Found Footage

The Modern Narrative Voice? John Fraim Found-footage films is becoming a definition for a new type of narration, narrative, and narrator to express the truly modern perspective on our world today. In this sense, the truth of the world might better be expressed through the context or narrative voice than just the words of content […]

The Early Doors

THE DOORS’ STORY By Digby Diehl (This article was originally printed as “Love and the Demonic Psyche” by Digby Diehl, Eye magazine, April 1968. One of the best articles on the early years of The Doors. The song “The End” got them fired from the Whiskey A Go Go and marked the “end” of this early period […]

Sudden Passing

John Fraim We moved to LA in September 1969 from Dayton, Ohio after getting married. I was starting my junior year at UCLA and my new wife had a teaching position with the LA school system. We found an apartment along Wilshire Boulevard near Westwood the first two years. Then, when I graduated and entered […]

Catcher in the Rye Enigma

James & Lance Morcan Table of Contents Introduction  A short history of mind control 1 Americanized Nazis 2 Real-life Manchurian Candidates 3 Introducing…the Catcher criminals 4  A literary psy-op? 5 6 The author’s secretive life 6 More on the man who killed John Lennon 7 The Hinckley-Bush-Reagan connection 8 Formerly banned, now required reading 9 […]

Being the Ricardos

BEING THE RICARDOS Review By John Fraim 12/30/21 (Thanks to my good friend and “Wing Man” Jim Arter) Being the Ricardos is a 2021 American biographical drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin about the relationship between I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.   Hayley Fitzpatrick with ABC News writes it offers a “revealing […]

The Changing Lights

Stacey Kent (born March 27, 1968) is a Grammy-nominated singer. Kent was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture in 2009. She is married to saxophonist, composer Jim Tomlinson who produces Kent’s albums and writes songs for her with his lyricist partner, […]

Prophecy & Population

We spend more and more time looking at smaller and smaller things. As a result, the great changes of the world are invisible to us today. We use all sorts of methods to predict and prophesize about the future but often the future is contained in the demographics of ages in nations. One of the […]

Yusef Lateef

America’s Real Introduction to Eastern Music  Yusef Lateef “Love Theme from Spartacus” John Fraim Certainly, one of the greatest (yet relatively unnoticed) trends in jazz was a movement towards the sounds of Eastern music in the 1960s. It was happening in rock for sure with the Beatles introduction to Ravi Shankar and the music of […]

Love Theme from Spartacus

I think one of the most beautiful songs ever written is “Love Theme from Spartacus” composed by Alex North. I’ve never heard the lyrics until today. It seems so appropriate for our times. Here, the song is interpreted by jazz guitarist Terry Callier. ________________________________________ Lyrics / Love Theme from Spartacus can it be, do you […]