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TIFF 1994, 20 Years Ago

20 years ago this year, I walked into the office of the Toronto International Film Festival, at Church and Carlton, and naîvely asked how I could volunteer. They subsequently exposed me to a world I had never known, through the lens of cinema, transforming the way I saw that world into a realm of possibilities, […]

Goodbye Robin Williams

Rest in peace Robin Williams. As a child, he made me laugh hard, especially with Jonathan Winters at his side. In college he kept me company as I did my homework, watching in awe as he did his crazy characters on David Letterman. He was also so capable of a poignant earnestness and an intense tenor in his […]

On Wendy And The Endless Summer Of 1974

April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of The Beach Boys’ Wendy. I was introduced to it 40 years ago this spring by a school friend named Wendy, who was the older sister of a school mate of mine, Rick Burdett. I was invited over one June afternoon after school by Rick to play […]

Wonderful ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks Cover ) 10.17.12

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and Van Dyke Parks. I have been playing the original arrangement of this song since 1996. The Beach Boys officially released this SMiLE-era sessions gem in 1993, over two decades after it was originally recorded. Until that point, the only officially released version was a quieter […]

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