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Review of New Magic, Son Little’s most recent album, in Quip Magazine

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I was really looking forward to seeing what Son Little would do with his new album. His first full length self-titled release established him as someone looking to rework the blues and R&B canon in a new way (or to travel some forgotten byways). That album was spectral, spooky, and a little freaky. It called to mind Screaming Jay Hawkins or Andre Williams. It really grew on me. So, I was looking forward to how he would push things forward on this new outing. Initially, however, [MORE]

Pop Culture: Lies, Damned Lies and Parenting

I have three boys who lie to my face every day.

Recently I have been asked why I haven’t posted on Pop Culture in such a long time. There are lots of reasons, lack of time being the consistently underlying one. As a father of three boys, scrambling to pick up work, often working three different jobs and – with various home and community responsibilities on top of attempting to bootstrap creative projects of my own – I have no time. But that’s a lie. [MORE]

POP CULTURE: A Boy Named… Who?

POP CULTURE: A Boy Named... Who?
Johnny Cash’s song “A Boy Named Sue” tells us something true about fathers

I love the Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue”. You can sing it; it tells a story; and it’s funny as @#$%. It’s about a boy who was abandoned by his father, leaving him with nothing but the name “Sue”. This made for a hard life for young Sue, who had to learn to look after himself on account of his name. Sue swears that when he finds his father, he’ll kill him. Hilarious, right?

http://popculture-superdad.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pop-culture-boy-named-who.html

A version of this post also appears in the October/November 2013 Village Living Magazine: West Village and Village Living Magazine: Mount Pleasant.

 

Pop Culture: Pillow Talk

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Another snapshot of life here at Pop Culture.
As we snuggle at bedtime at lights out, my six year leans over and confides in me.
“Daddy, I know God’s secrets.”
“Huh?!  Really? How do you know that?”
“I saw a wizard today and his shadow told me.”
I alternate between concern that he is totally insane and awe at how incredibly cool that is.

http://popculture-superdad.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pillow-talk.html

New Pop Culture: You Complete Me

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New Pop Culture: You Complete Me now up and in June/July issue of Village Living Magazine (West Village and Mount Pleasant editions). Watch out, this one is about FEELINGS.

“Likely everyone is familiar with the line “You complete me” that Jerry (Tom Cruise) utters to Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) in front of a roomful of hostile divorcees. Women swoon over that line. But the movie never demonstrates that she does complete him. It’s a cheat. So who should McGuire have declared his love to? Dorothy’s son, Ray.”

http://popculture-superdad.blogspot.ca/2013/06/you-complete-me.html