Writer, editor, playwright

[NOTE: This was posted on Twitter, at my @richterific account, then on Facebook. My wife urged me to share it so more people could read it, so I’m posting it here. I made some minor edits, because Twitter ≠ Facebook ≠ blogs.] I feel like writing a thread about how I got into journalism.  But …

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Sports fans are made, not born. Most of the time, team devotion is handed down from parents to children. In my case, I learned to love the Seattle Seahawks with the help of some friends, and with the help of a profound sense of loneliness. I became a Seahawks fan about ten years ago. That was the both the year …

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New video: Static Jacks, ‘I’ll Come Back’

July 22, 2013

I’ve been beating my head against a wall for the last few weeks, trying to figure out what kind of music blog I want to write. (If you take into account the time that’s passed since my last true music blog, which I wrote at my last job, then it’s been more than two years, not just a few weeks. But who’s counting?)

Part of me wants to just give up on the venture. There are plenty of places on the Internet for you to find good, independent music by good, independent artists that I like to spotlight. And then I found this song by the Static Jacks. It reminded me of all the fun, interesting young bands out there that deserve some attention.

I don’t know how much my humble blog will help them get attention. But based on “I’ll Come Back,” from their upcoming album, “In Blue,” this is a band worth following. This is a fun, riff-driven summertime song. Happiness is all the rage, indeed.

Give it a listen, and discuss in the comments. Hope you enjoy it. I certainly do.

Many, many people in Berks County will get their jazz fix this weekend. Those with more rockin’ sensibilities still have options for live entertainment, however. The tribute band Lez Zeppelin, based in New York, comes to town Saturday for a show at Reverb. You can read my profile of the band for the Reading Eagle, …

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