Song Logic - book launch

Today I'm happy to push my little book of music essays out into the world.

This book is many things: an experiment in self publishing; a collection of essays previously spread and scattered on the web; and something I wanted to give friends and associates. Some of the pieces go back about ten years, and others appeared on blogs or the Slow Review. There's also some specific new essays in the book. But I wanted to connect and collect them between two covers — on nice soft paper, a proper book — and make a complete work. Content changes — it improves, actually! — when it's compiled and edited together.

The book has some of my best thinking about music and musicians. Writing about music is important — because music is at the heart of cultural life. And music writing should be expansive, bold and insightful in respect to that importance.

So: welcome to the Song Logic blog. I hope you like the book — it's available for $15 from or $5 in ebook format. Good value! It'll shortly appear on as well.

I'll be posting regular observations and reactions here. Please follow this blog using the links on the right, and post comments or share the site as you see fit.

cheers! rino