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Skip Heller

October 4 ,1965, El Paso, TX — Johnny Cash is arrested for smuggling amphetamines across the border from Mexico. Meanwhile, in the thriving metropolis of Philadelphia, Skip Heller is born. HartfordRaised in and around the City of Brotherly Love, he develops an early interest in music, largely the result of seeing John Hartford on the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell television shows. At age 4, he buys his first record, EARTHWORDS AND MUSIC, with money he got for his birthday, thus beginning a lifelong habit of running to a record store every damn time he has money in his hand. His school years are uneventful

Philadelphia, Mon Amour

Read "Philadelphia, Mon Amour" reviewed by Skip Heller

I was born in 1965, in West Philly, so I met the world in 1980 or so. My city was then recovering from two terms of mayor Frank Rizzo, whose corruption was on a level not seen since the glory days of New York mayor Jimmy Walker. Rizzo hated anyone who was young or of color. ...

Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition

Read "Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition" reviewed by Skip Heller

"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will—for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization— then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is ...

Beyond These Hills: The Skip Heller Anthology 2017-20

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hall of Fame; I’ve Been Wrong Before; Beyond These Hills; Let’s Stay Home; East Side Club; From the Night Before; Dream a Little Dream; Nothin’ to See Here; Together Too Long; The Other Shoe; Let’s Start Tonight; Waho Needs Love; Happy Anniversary; Aspen Snowboards X-Games Commercial Spot.

¡Pan-Americanos!

Label: Panamerican Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Vamos A Bailar; Sixteen Pounds; Los Angeles; Adan & Eva; Me Gusta El Cha Cha Cha; Barrio Viejo; El Chicano; Coming Back Down To Earth; Powerhouse; Naked City; Portofino.

ARTICLE: HARDLY STRICTLY JAZZ

2020 and Me

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As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Douglas Lee: Themes For Falling Down Stairs

Read "Themes For Falling Down Stairs" reviewed by Skip Heller

There is an alternate universe someplace where the earthshaking jazz event of 1959 is neither Miles Davis' Kind of Blue nor John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic Records), but is instead the release of Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn (RCA Victor). Douglas Lee is probably getting his mail there right now. Lee's Themes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Skip Heller: Beyond These Hills: The Skip Heller Anthology 2017-20

Read "Beyond These Hills: The Skip Heller Anthology 2017-20" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In terms of national exposure, Fred “Skip" Heller has always hidden in plain sight. Predominantly known in his native Philadelphia and adopted-native Los Angeles, Heller is a musician / composer / producer of note and has been for twenty years. He deserves wider notice if for no other reason than he shares much in common with ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: February 2019

Read "Ten Artists: February 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cecilia Bartoli Antonio Vivaldi Decca 2018 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli recording for Decca, her label for the duration of her career. Bartoli's first recording was Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (London/Decca, 1989) opposite famous baritone Leo Nucci. My own introduction to Bartoli was through her Mozart ...

Bear Flag

Label: Dreambox Media
Released: 2018


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