Talking Music in a Studio in L.A.

I asked a female engineer in L.A. where I was recording a while back what music she listened to. She was tattooed with bold  streaks of primary colors in her wildly uneven hair. I’d worked with her several times before and a change seems to have come over her–she’s a lot more relaxed, present, funnier…. Continue Reading »

Apprenticing with Allen Ginsberg–spontaneous talk given on the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Howl” at Naropa University, Boulder, CO. June 25, 2006

Originally published in “Elephant Journal”: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/02/the-poet-that-changed-america-allen-ginsberg-beat-poet-naropa-activist/ Randy Roark: I’m an example of the apprenticeship program that Allen ran here. It was a class that you could sign up for, you got credit for it, and met once a week for three hours. Some of the time was spent looking at your own work as a… Continue Reading »

Apprenticing with Allen Ginsberg: The Object Is to See Clearlyfrom “A Poet’s Progress,” Newtopia Magazine #16

Introduction On its first anniversary, it seems a good time to revisit and expand on the central premise of this series. As I mentioned at this column’s beginning, the central conceit of “A Poet’s Progress” is to test an idea presented in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (published in 1678) that the events of our lives… Continue Reading »

Layne Redmond, 1952-2013, for Many Voices

As a producer and editor for Sounds True, I am friendly with most of “my” authors. I have become friends with a few of them. But there’s only one who was more than a friend, and that was Layne Redmond. But I’m not alone in that. Within 24 hours, Layne had almost 1000 people “like”… Continue Reading »

A Memorial for Layne Redmond (1952-2013): Travels to Greece & Cyprus 2005 & 2009

Foreword On October 30th , 2013, I posted on my company’s website the following memorial for Layne Redmond, who had died two days before. 34-02 Layne Redmond, Promo Photo, Remo Drums, circa 2006Layne Redmond, Remo Drums Promo Photo, circa 2006 Layne Redmond: 1952-2013 As a producer and editor for Sounds True, I am friendly with… Continue Reading »