Much of my life has revolved around music. From my first concert (Elvis Costello and the Attractions at the Circle Theater in 1978) to my most recent one (Clairo in Austin last autumn), I’ve spent much of my time listening to, reading about and arguing about music.
NUVO asked me to contribute a column. I’d written a weekly piece from 1993-2013, when I moved to Texas, so one more should be easy enough.
At any rate, I’m a first-class agoraphobic. However, I’m starting to chafe at these new legal restrictions. Can’t leave the house except for a brief walk — and you’d better have papers with you to prove you live nearby.
From 1994-1997, when I was music editor at NUVO, I was also the creator of one of the first and most popular Prince websites in the wild, crazy early days of the Web. To me, the '90s is still his greatest period of creativity and one almost criminally under-appreciated today, given the vastness of his body of work.
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NUVO's Texas-based correspondent waxes philosophical on a changing allegiances, tax brackets and scenery.
Letterman is the last remaining link to Paul Dixon and Bob Braun and Johnny Carson, literally the last man standing from an era of broadcasting gone for generations now.
A beloved local television personality heads for the afterlife, and an iconic NUVO columnist returns from the grave (OK, he reconnects from San Antonio) to memorialize him.
If I had known in 1993 that the column would run for two decades, terminating when I moved to Texas for a job with a Fortune 500 company, I'm not sure whether I would have reacted with happiness, terror or disgust.