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A Review of Life in Style™  

There was a time when I had no idea what a school pyramid was. I certainly had no clue what a dad's life entailed. But a couple months before my son was born, we made the cliche moved to the burbs in search schools and a back yard. It's been more than three years now. We have become full-fledged car dependant surburbanites, but the light shines in the darkness. And that light is a bare 40 watt bulb in my garage. But this is more than the musings of some middle-aged gen-x dad in his garage, although that undenably is part of it. Ashlawn Music and Art Review was born in defiant resistance to oppressive and calcifying boredom that characterizes suburban life. Here, in one place, is the impatient insistence of Rock and Roll, the strength of the Blues, the insolence of punk, the surprise of jazz, and the wisdom of folk. This is at once a howl, a call to arms, a beckoning, and a whisper. This is an homage to those rare artists whose creations shine rather than reflect; to those plucky and penniless dreamers who never settled for a dream deferred. American society created such varied greats as Elvis Presley, Will Rogers, Patsy Cline, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Fred Astaire, Tom Waits, John Coltrane, Audrey Hepburn, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mark Twain, and George Clinton. The mission of the Ashlawn Music and Art Review is to spotlight discover new great artists and rediscover established art, as long as it is refreshing, vibrant and intelligent...even if that spotlight is a 40 watt chain-pull light in my garage.

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