Michael Sigman: “I’ve been fortunate enough to know the members of Los Lobos for more than 30 years, so writing a book about the band was a natural.”
My friend Ernie Harburg and I are both sons of songwriters — in his case, that songwriter was the transcendent genius Yip Harburg, who wrote the lyrics for such gems as “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and all of the lyrics for the Wizard of […]
Michael Sigman: I can still see Harold Arlen and Yip at Lawrence Tibbett’s piano. So many days I had walked through the living room where Harold was playing the piano and Yip was walking around and around. I never stayed. I had no idea what these guys were doing in there.
n ancient times, applying for employment typically commenced with submitting a resume and cover letter. Nowadays, a handful of keystrokes is all you need to throw your virtual hat in the online ring, and the opportunities for mistakes, misunderstandings and malaprops have increased geometrically. In need of a part-time assistant, I recently posted an ad […]
f I had to choose one word to explain why I chose philosophy as my college major, that word would be “Nausea.” I’m talking, of course, about Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre’s 1938 novel featuring a character so gloriously miserable one might say he put the “agonist” in “protagonist.” I read the book during the summer of […]