Left to right: me, Dave, Marilyn, and my wife

The Time Dave Elkins Played in My Living Room

Prelude to a Dream This is the story of my best birthday present ever.  One of the hallmarks of adulthood is realizing that paychecks allow you to buy yourself gifts; and who knows you better than you?  Armed with a modest but steady income, on the eve of my quarter-century day, I made an investment…

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How to Support the Artists You Believe In

Today I’ve got a message for you that’s near and dear to my heart.  Remember that band Mae?  If not, it’s cool, but they were a big part of my musical life.  And for the last three records they put out, Mae was a self-managed band from top to bottom. Lead singer Dave Elkins has…

Left to right: this author, Dave "Gimenez" Elkins, the girlfriend who recommended Mae

The End of Two Eras

Goodness knows there are more active musical artists today than there were thirty years ago – or five years ago, or yesterday.  Just like the global population, the “band population” has a birth rate that exceeds its mortality rate.  (Don’t ask for an analogue for shifting line-ups or new group formation – it gets gruesome.)…