Review: Syrinx Effect, “Snail Songs”

Review: Syrinx Effect, “Snail Songs”

[written for Earshot Jazz] Among the many young ensembles creating action-packed music within Seattle’s productive jazz and creative music scene, the Syrinx Effect is a standout. Playing (usually) without a rhythm section, the soprano sax-trombone duo draws propulsive energy from the air like a wind turbine. The group’s second release, out this month, channels that … Continue reading “Review: Syrinx Effect, “Snail Songs””

Talking to CEOs about Technology

This article for Smart CEO Magazine was part of a recent freelance assignment, for which I was asked to examine how businesses are responding to the increasing trend of employees using their own personal computers, tablets and phones for work. This has been identified as a trend called BYOD–bring your own device–and there are positives … Continue reading “Talking to CEOs about Technology”

Teaching about democracy through media heroes

Last month, Rev. Everett Parker celebrated his 100th birthday. In 1963, at the request of Martin Luther King, Parker led a civil rights campaign to fight racist bias on local television broadcasts in Jackson, Mississippi. Appealing to the FCC for help, and eventually the courts, Parker’s campaign succeeded in getting the station shut down. Perhaps … Continue reading “Teaching about democracy through media heroes”

Let’s expand community radio!

There’s a new buzz across the country around low-power (LPFM) community radio, now that the FCC has announced an upcoming window for organizations to apply for new licenses. As director of Reclaim the Media and a member of the Prometheus Radio Project’s national LPFM advisory board, I spent several years working with many others to … Continue reading “Let’s expand community radio!”

Making the connection: mental health safety net funding and public safety

Early in 2011, Washington state legislators convened to confront a state budget crisis in early 2011. Mental health care providers resolved to do everything they could to protect their clients from the preventable tragedies they knew could result from further cuts to essential safety-net services. As part of their efforts, I researched and wrote this … Continue reading “Making the connection: mental health safety net funding and public safety”