The Kels / St. Patricks Day / 2021

(Excuse all the table talk but this is how I heard the music that night … my stepson Drew’s 38th birthday with his beautiful wife Kelly. Getting us out for live music for the first time in a long tine in the Covid era) John Fraim I watched the Grammy Awards this year. Saw Billie […]

Bedroom Studio

Billie Eilish just won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Record of the Year “Everything I Wanted.” It was a repeat of last year when she sweep the major categories. The music of Eilish first gained attention in 2015 when she uploaded the song “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud. The song was written and produced by […]

Hollywood’s Most Hauntingly Gorgeous Film Score

Love Theme from Spartacus Written my Alex North for the film Spartacus Memory by John Fraim Tonight on Bay Area jazz radio KCSM, they played jazz saxophist Regina Carter’s interpretation of “Love Theme from Spartacus.” In my mind, it is one of the most gorgeous theme songs ever attached to a Hollywood movie. The piece was […]

The Imagination of an Insurrection: Dublin, Easter 1916

William Irwin Thompson Preface “We know from our literary histories that there was a movement called the Irish Literary Renaissance, and that Yeats was at its head. We know from our political histories that there is now a Republic of Ireland because of a nationalistic movement that, militarily, began with the insurrection of Easter Week, […]

Written Matter

Andrew McLuhan (Revelore Press, Seattle, 2021) Review by John Fraim The book¬†Written Matter¬†by Andrew McLuhan is a book of 28 short poems written between October 15 and December 31, 2021. As Andrew notes in a post to me, “the title is meant to suggest alchemy, transformation, for thoughts in the mind become written, become matter.” […]

The Naked Communist

(The below is an attempt to bring readers important events in history through great writers and filmmakers. Below is the first in this idea for a series. We bring a section of a book written in 1958 to our audience. Bring a section of an important piece of writing, film or music to our the […]

Media Bias

THE AD FONTES BIAS CHART The compnay Ad Fontes Media is a Colorado-based media watchdog organization primarily known for its Media Bias Chart (above) which rates media sources in terms of political bias and reliability. The organization was founded in 2014 by patent attorney Vanessa Otero with the goal of combating politial polarization. Ad Fontes Media […]


John Fraim When one of your true heros leaves this earth, it takes something out of you. I haven’t felt this way about the passing of an artist than since McCoy Tyner passed away in mid-March of 2020. Right at the beginning of the great Covid invasision of America. Now, Chick Corea has passed away. […]


Review by Paul Levinson (Editor’s Note: From time to time, Midnight Oil Studios posts important articles and reviews from leading scholars. The below article is by one of the leading media scholars in the world, Paul Levinson. We appreciate Paul’s permission to republish this review which originally appeared on the Media Ecology List.) The full […]

Streetlight X465

Dear Resident: This is Streetlight No. X465 in front of your home. I noticed that you went out to your car yesterday without wearing your mask. While you might argue that you did put it on once inside your car, I do have reports from Streetlights X464 and X463 that followed your car to your […]