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Dedicated to the Minnesota Lynx

Dedicated to the Minnesota Lynx

Marty’s photo of the day #2327: This is Cub, a semi-wild lynx that I photographed in my backyard several years ago. I dedicate this photo to the Minnesota Lynx, who won the WNBA championship last night. Of the four major sports, I like watching basketball the least. But this year the Minnesota Lynx sucked me […]

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Marty’s photo of the day #2275: I saw Pat Benatar at the Saint Paul Civic Center in 1981. My opinion back then was that she was better on record than she was on stage. Not that she sucked or anything. She just wasn’t exciting live. I would have never gone to a Pat Benatar concert […]

The concert bucket list

The concert bucket list

Marty’s photo of the day #2274: During the past year, I have been working hard at checking off artists on my concert bucket list. Three of those acts included Joan Jett, Garbage, and Melissa Etheridge. One thing all three had in common was that they performed outdoors on equal bills with other acts. Despite the […]

Better together #1

Better together #1

Like pizza and beer, sometimes quotes are better together: “Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe that.” —Donald Trump “I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” —Michelle Obama  

They don’t look the part, but . . .

They don’t look the part, but . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2253: Shirley Manson is the face of Garbage, and I love her as a frontwoman. That being said, I enjoy watching the rest of the band just as much as I do her. Guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erikson crack me up. If you ran into either one of them […]

Seventy-two year old, not found in nature

Seventy-two year old, not found in nature

Marty’s photo of the day #2251: Here’s another photo from last Friday night: Debbie Harry of Blondie at age 72. Obviously, she’s at least 60 years too old for Donald Trump to give a second glance. As for those of us who aren’t psychopaths—wow! Sure 72 year-olds like Debbie Harry aren’t found in nature, but […]

The proper way to work a stage

The proper way to work a stage

Marty’s photo of the day #2250: I will get back to nature photos in a few days, but the X, Blondie, Garbage concert last weekend is an excuse to give them a break. Like at most concerts, high-quality SLR cameras weren’t allowed, so I was stuck using my little pocket Canon. The lens on that […]

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Marty’s photo of the day #2248: When I was in high school, my two favorite bands were the Runaways (Joan Jett) and Blondie. I would have loved to have seen Blondie in their prime, but as I drove to see a concert that included them on Friday, I had low expectations. How good could Debbie […]

Garbage in 104 degree heat

Garbage in 104 degree heat

Marty’s photo of the day #2246: Good morning from Nampa, Idaho. Last night Deb and I saw a great outdoor concert with X, Blondie, and Garbage. Although we came primarily for Garbage, Blondie was great as well. After John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X did a short acoustic show, Garbage took the stage. At […]

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Streaming services, such as Pandora and Spotify have made life difficult for all but the biggest acts in the music industry. The CD-buying public has become the song-streaming public, with artists making a quarter of a penny or less per streamed song. But streaming services do provide one advantage over the days when artists needed […]

The Dump Trump Candle

The Dump Trump Candle

Marty’s photo of the day #2105: I’m now approximately halfway through the first draft of my political-comedy time-travel novel. I’m having so much fun writing it! I write every day, but I’m by far the most productive at night, when I turn off all the lights in the “cabin room” of our house, and write […]

High School Audiences vs College Audiences

High School Audiences vs College Audiences

I just finished the final show of my early February tour. This morning, I performed Around the World in 90 Minutes at Mid Michigan Community College. Usually my college shows are at night, but today I did a special event for their Winter Blast, which brings high school students over to the college. This was […]

Dear World: We really screwed up!

Dear World: We really screwed up!

Marty’s photos of the day #2073: Dear World: Please forgive us for our transgression. Sometimes America has to learn the hard way. We really screwed up this time, just as we did with George W. Bush. But look on the bright side: in between President Lie to Start a War and President Little Hands Pussy […]

Beach Dogs

Beach Dogs

Marty’s photo of the day #2066: When I was on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico last month, my best friends were Chaco and Toby. Both dogs were rescued from bad situations as puppies and now enjoy good lives hanging out on the beach and at the eco-lodge we stayed at. Toby and I especially bonded. […]

Annie

Annie

Marty’s photo of the day #2003: Other than my wife, Annie was the best friend I’ve ever had. We were inseparable. In fact, she stayed beside me for the entire 13,000 hours it took me to write my first book. Then, on the day I finished it, she died of cancer. I will always have […]

Prudhoe Bay and the flat tire

Prudhoe Bay and the flat tire

Marty’s photo of the day #1931: This photo shows me fixing a flat on the car we rented to drive to the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. That’s the Alaska Pipeline in the background. I should also mention that I’m not wearing the parka shell because of the cold. I’m wearing it because the mosquitoes and […]

Naomi Grossman meets Traciana Graves

Naomi Grossman meets Traciana Graves

Marty’s photo of the day #1926: I just love this picture! Those of you who follow my posts know me for my books, college shows, and snarky political rants. But I also enjoy being the person in the background, representing other performers. Years ago I ran a talent management agency that represented a large number […]

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen & Deb Essen!

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen & Deb Essen!

Marty’s photo of the day #1918: Happy Birthday to Deb Essen and Bruce Springsteen! Bruce (rock star) turns 67 today, and Deb (weaving star) turns 39 again today. Also born on this day are Ray Charles (soul star), Jason Alexander (TV star), Ani DiFranco (indie rock star), Rachael Yamagata (not quite a star), Mickey Rooney […]

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Marty’s photo of the day #1917: Happy Birthday to Joan Jett! If you want to know how old Joan is, I’ll give you a hint—she’s one day older than my wife, Deb. And tomorrow is both Deb’s and Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. My boss is quite a bit younger than The Boss, but obviously if you […]

Photographic Oops!

Photographic Oops!

Marty’s photo of the day #1909: Here’s another of my favorite bird photos from Deb’s and my late-August Rock and Roll Road trip. But believe it or not, I actually screwed up on the shot. The evening before, I was on Antelope Island, photographing giant mule deer in late twilight. To get those shots, I […]

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