An open letter to past friends, so-called enemies and the legion of silent frenemies

This is an open to letter to all the folks whom I have written off over the years (and who have written me off), both online and in person, but mostly online. This is to all those people with whom I’ve had arguments, disagreements, spats, shouting matches, differences of opinion, different politics, knockdown drag out […]

Why I hate the fifth of May and think you should ram it up your poop chute

I hate the fifth of May. Hate is a strong word – or so They say – but it’s true; I hate this goddamn abortion of a holiday and I’d be perfectly fine if everyone went back to ignoring it. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Oh, god, here we go again…” but allow me to […]

Hypocrisy is America’s cup of coffee OR Anything but Mexican

National politics almost always put Chicanos in weird, awkward, contradictory and often bizarre places and positions. Let me rephrase that: national politics almost always put this Chicano in weird, awkward, contradictory and often bizarre places and positions, lest I commit the cardinal sin of speaking for anyone but myself. But yeah. This is truly Bizarro […]

You can’t go home no more and songs for old fools

I’ve found more solace, understanding, meaning, righteousness, inspiration, validation and a laundry list of other things, in music more often than I have in human beings. I know I’m not alone in this method of coping with this thing we call life, because it’s where things like blues and jazz come from. As a musician […]

The rock in my shoe

I said I wasn’t gonna do it. I did. I said I was gonna leave shit alone and not bother with it because that’s not my bag, baby. That’s your bag! At least that’s what I told myself and here I am holding a goddamned bag. But here I go again, which is also a […]