You Talkin’ to Me? I’m Mad as Hell, Stayin’ Alive, and I’m Gonna Fly Now; A Treatise on 1970s Cinema by Gavin Lakin – Post 13

Plush red carpeting surrounded by walls of art deco sconces dimming. Then total darkness. The curtain reveals the screen as if hiding an elegant silver gem. On your lap, an enormous tub of buttery, salty popcorn. Ushers with flashlights seat the late arrivals, careful not to blind patrons with their flashlights. Settled in, there follows … Continue reading You Talkin’ to Me? I’m Mad as Hell, Stayin’ Alive, and I’m Gonna Fly Now; A Treatise on 1970s Cinema by Gavin Lakin – Post 13

Between Groovy and Gnarly: A Letter from One Decade to Another by Gavin Lakin – Post # 12

Between Groovy and Gnarly: A Letter from One Decade to Another by Gavin Lakin – Post # 12 Dear 1969, I’d like to take a moment to say, what a year you were! Though you hail from quite the unique little decade - representing the final reckoning of the tumultuous 1960s - it just doesn’t … Continue reading Between Groovy and Gnarly: A Letter from One Decade to Another by Gavin Lakin – Post # 12

The Role of Social Commentary Songs in Popular Music; Preaching to the Choir or Effecting Change? By Gavin Lakin – Post 11

Some might say that there is no place in popular music for commentary, politics, and opinions - essentially sounding “preachy.” We’ve all been there in our own lives, when someone may be speaking to you directly or to a larger group about some idea or product, and you can feel the oily, snaky and unwelcome … Continue reading The Role of Social Commentary Songs in Popular Music; Preaching to the Choir or Effecting Change? By Gavin Lakin – Post 11

Teacher I Need You; Songs Reflecting the Conflicted, Oft-misguided, or Traumatic Relationship between Recording Artists and Their Education by Gavin Lakin – Post #10

“It’s a natural achievement/Conquering my homework/With her image pounding in my brain/She’s an inspiration/For my graduation/And she helps to keep the classroom sane” Do you feel the oncoming, meandering month of June? Is that summer beckoning with a forward glance while holding a raspberry snow cone, taking your hand and whispering, “Follow me?” Are you … Continue reading Teacher I Need You; Songs Reflecting the Conflicted, Oft-misguided, or Traumatic Relationship between Recording Artists and Their Education by Gavin Lakin – Post #10

Communication Breakdown Over the Decades or Have You Become an “Ex” via Text? By Gavin Lakin – Post #9

“The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.” -Dave Barry A rotary phone call dialed late in the evening, a handwritten note left on the nightstand, a tear-stained letter sent via U.S. Mail, a face-to-face conversation where, sadly, it all slipped away in … Continue reading Communication Breakdown Over the Decades or Have You Become an “Ex” via Text? By Gavin Lakin – Post #9

I Write, Therefore I Am an Author By Gavin Lakin – Post 8

author (n.): The originator or creator of work, especially of literary composition; Someone who writes books for a living. Synonyms: bookwright, creator, artist, writer, fabulator. I amble across a congested room in an independent bookstore to the eye of the literary storm. He, having spoken to an overflowing audience of adulation, greets each individual with … Continue reading I Write, Therefore I Am an Author By Gavin Lakin – Post 8

No Place to Ever Arrive: Songs that Defined the L.A. Sound of the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 7

In his landmark book Laurel Canyon The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood (2006 Faber and Faber), Michael Walker delivers a smash hit showing us how the L.A. Sound was established in the magical and iconic canyon. From the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Frank Zappa, The Turtles, The Mamas and the Papas, to Crosby, … Continue reading No Place to Ever Arrive: Songs that Defined the L.A. Sound of the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 7