The Way that Kindness Died: An Updated “American Pie” by Gavin Lakin – Post 22

In 2015, James Morgan, BBC correspondent wrote on the topic of the lyrics of Don McLean’s 1971 song, his best-known work that was named Song of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2001. Citing Jim Fann, author of Understanding American Pie, the line "The man there said the music wouldn't play" speaks … Continue reading The Way that Kindness Died: An Updated “American Pie” by Gavin Lakin – Post 22

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Planes to Catch; When Accidents and Altruism Converge by Gavin Lakin – Post “21”

In 1972, when Harry Chapin debuted his song “Greyhound” on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, history was made: Carson asked Chapin to come back the following evening for an encore. Johnny had never done that with any of his performers up to that time. The song struck a chord in the nation’s viewers, and … Continue reading Planes to Catch; When Accidents and Altruism Converge by Gavin Lakin – Post “21”

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I am very pleased to announce that my piece, "Standing Next to Everyman Social Commentary and Rock Music" has been published by Entropy. This well-conceived online magazine is for literary and non-literary content. However, they ascribe to the approach of not just being a website or magazine, but a community space where writers can share a … Continue reading *** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Sylmar Rising by Gavin Lakin – Post 19

  In January of 1971 I turned eleven. Still have the L.A. Times’ zodiac from that morning. My year ahead would be “tempestuous.” Had to look that one up. Rooted in Latin meaning “storm.” Great. Never figured out what a sun or moon sign meant. Rising, descending. Didn’t care, really. I’d managed to grow relatively … Continue reading Sylmar Rising by Gavin Lakin – Post 19

The Poetry of Patience: A Eulogy to the Handwritten Letter by Gavin Lakin – Post 18

The art of letters will come to an end before A. D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity. -Ezra Pound Carefully she descended the slippery redwood steps to place her most pressing handful into the rusted, stalwart shelter. Gently, she hoisted its tell-tale indicator. This was a ritual; for Molly Ellen McGraf, there was … Continue reading The Poetry of Patience: A Eulogy to the Handwritten Letter by Gavin Lakin – Post 18

You Can Close Your Eyes It’s All Right . . . Or Is It? by Gavin Lakin – Post 17

Over forty-five years have passed since this highly acclaimed lullaby and B-side to his most successful record “You’ve Got a Friend” graced the airwaves, radios and the canyon winds. You are beloved, JT, and always will be. However, the sentiment, though then about the intimacy of a relationship (Joni Mitchell?) has obvious current relevance to … Continue reading You Can Close Your Eyes It’s All Right . . . Or Is It? by Gavin Lakin – Post 17

He Likes it! Hey, Mikey! Commercial Successes in the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 16

What is our obsession with TV commercials? We’ve all been at Super Bowl parties rating the best of what American commerce has to offer for one exorbitant thirty-second spot. Does the game even matter? How many of us have groaned at the rampant sexism? The embarrassingly failed punchline? The basest of poor taste? Or, occasionally … Continue reading He Likes it! Hey, Mikey! Commercial Successes in the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 16