- I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org). As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia! Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton. I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times. I also wrote the liner notes for the three THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me? My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored. Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Another Day, Another Year
As a general practice, I prefer not to commemorate unhappy anniversaries. I'm aware of them as they occur, but I usually choose not to participate. On 9/11, I go about my usual business. As the calendar pages flip and fly, like a celluloid montage of time passing us by, the melancholy of my mind takes note of loved ones lost, weeps inside, but remains, for the most part, silent.
I lost my Dad five years ago. I don't really have anything to say about that. I miss him, but he's with me every single day, always. He influences my speech, my mannerisms, my outlook, and my ongoing view of who I want to be when I grow up. My fond memories of him outweigh the circumstances of his final days. We process grief as individuals. I choose to remember his life, not his death.