Hello, friends and fellow travelers! The world sure has become interesting these past few years. As if it wasn’t already. Here in Gondwanaland, Mystics Anonymous has mostly been quietly trucking along, writing and recording new songs as time allows. But every once in a while, we poked our heads out and shared a little something […]
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R.E.M. Lost Its Religion
It was 28 years ago today… “Losing My Religion” was released as the lead single from R.E.M.’s Out of Time. Warner Bros was pretty disappointed in the band’s choice of lead single. When I first heard it, it sounded like a step back for the band to me, but I grew to love it. What […]
Goodbye, 2018 and Hello, 2019!
For Mystics Anonymous, 2018 was a year bookended by two things: in February, we played a full-band show at the wonderful Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center right here in Greenfield. There, we played some tried-and-true favorites, as well as a brand new song and a few surprise, first-time covers, the latter of which was […]
Some of you might remember that I announced 2017 as the year of my De-Tunia project. This was a concept I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while, returning to a more experimental recording approach built on layers of rhythms and pure play. The idea was to share works in progress throughout […]
Goodbye, 2016… Hello, 2017!
For Mystics Anonymous, 2016 was pretty eventful. We finished up our new EP, She Wanted the Future, and released it halfway through the year in June. In addition to the usual download and CD versions, we had a limited edition version that came with a 10-page comic book illustrated by Ingrid Steblea. That was partially […]
Goodbye, Leonard Cohen
We lost another one. It makes sense that we’re going to be losing more and more music icons as the generation from the heyday of rock n’ roll continues to age, I guess. Just another sad reality we have to get used to. And sad reality was Leonard Cohen’s stock in trade. Or maybe sad […]
Rest in Peace, Sir George Martin
Sad. Went to bed with the news of George Martin’s death. Woke up in the middle of the night to the news that it was a hoax. Then woke up this morning to the news that it is indeed true. Rest in Peace, Mr. Martin. You forever shaped how I listen to and create music. […]
Losing My Religion: 25 Years!
25 years ago today, R.E.M. released Losing My Religion, which signaled the exact midpoint between early R.E.M. and later R.E.M. After this megahit, things would never be the same for them, or for music in general. A #1 worldwide hit with mandolin? Really? No one could call it calculated. If anything, this track was a […]
I’m a big music geek. Surprise, surprise. I love listening to the albums I’ve collected, whether they are vinyl, CDs, cassettes, or digital-only. Usually, in addition to just listening to whatever thing I’m into at the moment, I also go through my collection to ensure I listen to it regularly. This also gives me a […]
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my life so far is to be open to new things. Too often we close doors ourselves, narrowing our own choices, convincing ourselves that we are “not into” something or that we’re “not that type of person / artist / musician.” But this limits our experiences, and keeps […]