4:44 is Jay-Z’s 13th studio album—it’s #1.
Justin Beiber just quit his tour.
Skrillex dropped a single collaboration with Poo Bear today.
Rock is dead, they say. (Long Live Rock!)
Country is the new rock.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are selling out multiple nights everywhere they go. They play for hours and Garth takes requests with just him and an acoustic guitar in the last encore. He will play anything you ask him to from Billy Joel to Jim Croce! Just ask him! He plays until he gets tired.
Vince Gill replaced Glenn Frey in Eagles.
Classic Rock East is this week at Citi Field—Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, The Doobie Brothers.
Queen is playing two shows with Adam Lambert also this week. Brian May just turned 70 and is still one of the best rock guitar players ever.
The Handmaid’s Tale is on Hulu and garnered 13 Emmy Nominations. I binged-watched it in like 2.5 days last week and I’m 1/3 of the way through the book, finally. It feels very fresh and contemporary, I’m sorry to say. It’s just plain scary to note that it was written in the 80’s during the days of the rise of Jerry Falwell, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and Pat Robertson’s 700 Club.
They had no vision of how powerful the Evangelical Right would become.
What’s left of Yes is playing at NJPAC in September.
In the last year, The Rolling Stones released “Blue and Lonesome”, a collection of blues standards that may be their best album in decades.
Mick Jagger turns 74 today.
Kid Rock announced he’s running for Senate in his home state, Michigan.
After campaigning to protect the rights of LGBTQ people the President, in a series of tweets, just this morning banned Transgendered people from serving in the military. Some news outlets are calling it a deliberate distraction from all the other “presidential” action. Time magazine estimates an average of 3000 transgendered people are currently serving in active duty roles or in the reserves. It’s probably more.
I don’t think they see this as a “distraction.”
I bet they feel betrayed.
The Obamacare repeal and replace effort is a mess and getting messier.
I joined the Cory Booker Book Club last week. I like him a lot, but of course his office asks me for money every day now.
Meanwhile here at home, we get a break from that oppressive humidity and heat combo. It’s beautiful today but the antibiotic I’m taking makes me susceptible to severe sunburn so no bike riding. I heard a whole pack of riders go by the house this morning while I was enjoying my coffee on the deck. It sounded like music.
My Inbox just chimed again.
Holy God, whatever it is, let it be something positive, please?
It’s not even lunch time yet.
Grace and Peace,