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Cleveland Baseball: Time for a New Name… and Logo?

I’ve been having a little bit of a crisis of conscience lately. I am absolutely THRILLED that Cleveland’s baseball team has made it to the World Series. My 12 year old heart was broken in 1997, and to be headed back there again makes me giddy.   However, I’ve been unable to wear the Chief […]

Why I’m Moving to Cleveland

No, it’s not because of Lebron. Mostly. photo credit: Rabesphoto A month ago, my wife & I decided that we were moving from Asheville, North Carolina to the Near West Side of Cleveland, Ohio – specifically, to the Gordon Square neighborhood. We made our decision quickly, but not without a lot of careful thought. While […]

Christmas iPhone Ad: A Socially Anxious Extrovert’s Perspective

Earlier today, my good friend Brian Otte shared Apple’s new iPhone Christmas ad, entitled “Misunderstood.” The ad depicts a family Christmas gathering. In each scene we see a teenage boy focused on his phone, seemingly withdrawn from the activities going on around him. In the final scene of the commercial, he gathers the family together […]

Influential Albums: The Dear Hunter – The Lake South, The River North

Influential Albums: The Dear Hunter – The Lake South, The River North – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. I already wrote about Casey Crescenzo’s previous band, The Receiving End Of Sirens, on one of my previous “Top 20 Albums” posts, and how the band went downhill after Crescenzo’s departure to focus on The […]

Tour Soundtracks: Music and Memory

Tour Soundtracks: Music and Memory – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. One thing I love about music is how it can anchor memories. Just a few seconds of a song can trigger vivid memories for me, conjuring up images, places, and even scents. The beginning of the opening track to Summercamp Nightmare by 3 immediately […]

Top Alternative Albums: The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

Top Alternative Albums: The Decemberists – The Crane Wife – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. There are some groups that, on the whole, I’m a little underwhelmed with, but they have one album, usually right smack dab in the middle of their catalog, that’s absolutely fantastic. That’s the case, for me at least, with […]

Favorite Records: AFI – Sing the Sorrow

Favorite Records: AFI – Sing the Sorrow – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. It may seem odd for someone whose primary instrument is an acoustic guitar, but I love big sounds. Massive percussion, huge group vocals, epic musical overtures, I’m a sucker for all of them. And when it comes to big sounds, […]

Best Rock Albums: Foo Fighters – The Colour & The Shape

Best Rock Albums: Foo Fighters – The Colour & The Shape – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. From the fact that I’m writing a series blogs about my favorite albums, you can guess that I’m a fan of the concept of an “album” – a collection of songs that are put together in […]

Favorite CDs: Receiving End of Sirens–Between The Heart & The Synapse

Favorite CDs: Receiving End of Sirens–Between The Heart & The Synapse – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. The Receiving End of Sirens are one of those groups that were amazing for one album, mediocre for the next, and then went away. I was first introduced to The Receiving End of Sirens through MTVU […]

Favorite Albums: Jimmy Eat World – Clarity

Favorite Albums: Jimmy Eat World – Clarity – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. There have been a few times where I’ve happened across a record that has some element that affects me so profoundly, I find myself attempting over and over to emulate it. The ending of Clarity by Jimmy Eat World, easily one […]

Best 2000s Albums: Our Lady Peace – Gravity

Best 2000s Albums: Our Lady Peace – Gravity – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. A while back, I started a series of blog posts on my top 20 albums. As so often happens with things like that, life got busy with recording, touring, and the other non-music-related things (they do exist, astoundingly) took up […]

Musical Collaboration, Improvisation, and Tour Stories

Musical Collaboration, Improvisation, and Tour Stories – From The Mind of McFarland music blog. Every time I go out on tour, it’s an entirely different experience. Even visiting the same towns, the time of year, the venue, the day of the week, the weather, and who else is on the bill on any given night […]