Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

  It is one of the best-loved songs of all time. Simon & Garfunkel’s hit “The Sound of Silence” topped the US charts and went platinum in the UK. It was named among the 20 most performed songs of the 20th century, included in Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and provided the unforgettable […]

The Ring

  Das Rheingold: Vorspiel / The Ring / Richard Wagner   As early as 1840, in his novella “A Pilgrimage to Beethoven,” Wagner had anticipated a form of lyric drama in which the standard operatic divisions would disappear. Having completed his opera Lohengrin in April 1848, Richard Wagner chose as his next subject Siegfried, the legendary hero of Germanic myth. In […]


QAnon A Counter Narrative? John Fraim   A lot of people would have you believe that the hop cultural topic today of QAnon is the creation of Harley-riding, right wing, red neck conspirators. That they believe in crazy kinds of conspiracies throughout recent history. Like conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. That aliens are […]

The Life and Death of Alfalfa

It was just another one of those YouTube videos we arrive at without knowing how we got there. As the video starts, it is January 21, 1959 and we’re driving down Columbus Avenue, a street in the LA suburb of Mission Hills in the northern part of the San Fernando Valley. The narrator’s voice says […]

A New Intellectual Hero?

“But that is the point: Focus on the irrelevant misdemeanor as therapy for ignoring the existential felony.” “Walking in San Francisco today reminds me of visiting Old Cairo in 1973, although the latter lacked the needles and feces of the former.” Victor Davis Hanson   I just read another brilliant article by Victor Davis Hanson. […]


The most powerful moment in recent film memory for me was the last scene from the brilliant movie Heriditary. I can’t recall any other time when as powerful a pices of spiritual jazz as Colin Stetson’s “Reborn” has made it into a film. Music and images have seldom been matched in such a natural way Invoking […]

Searching for a New Form

Searching for a New Form John Fraim   Trying to come up with a novel about freedom. Reading and reviewing all my ideas on symbolism of scripts and the screenplay theories I’ve read and outlined. Have come up with a mixture of the four top screenplay structure people in Hollywood. Read and outlined all of […]

Trane Lives On

 The Music of John Coltrane Lives On “Love” First Mediations, John Coltrane (1965) “The Universe Wakes Up” Trust in the Lifeforce of the Universe, Shabaka Hutchings, The Comet is Coming (2019)   The music of John Coltrane at the peak of his power lives on in the music of the London-based band The Comet is Coming. Incorporating […]

The United States of Conspiracy

“The United States of Conspiracy” PBS Frontline – July 28, 2020 A Hit Job On Conspiracy Theories and Theorists & Alternatives to One Narrative Today John Fraim   The PBS program “The United States of Conspiracy” was outwardly about Alex Jones, the super star of conspiracy theorists today. It offered that rare, trusted media real estate […]

Johnny Appleseed

(Note: From time to time, we post the posts of others verbatim as they seem perfect just the way they are. We have reposted Ohio composer and educator Rick Sowash’s weekly newsletter which includes a musical piece written by Rick. His post on Sunday 7/26/20, the fourth month of the pandemic when stautues and monuments […]