I consider myself a student of film. I watch a lot of movies. I read about them. As a photographer, I’m always looking at how cinematographers use visual elements as part of the filmmaking. As a writer, I look at how words and the rhythm of dialogue becomes part of a movie. Then I watch them again to see what I missed.


Anyone who knows me knows that I can get moody at times. I'm a bit of a loner who just wants to go off in a corner and listen to depressing music. With multiple Elliott Smith and Adele songs, it's surprising that I don't walk in front of a bus. (Don't worry, I just like the music).

Take Me Home / Phil Collins
Ain't No Mountain High Enough / Marvin Gaye
Here Comes The Rain Again / Eurythmics
Can't Find My Way Home / Blind Faith
Just The Two Of Us / Bill Withers
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / U2
One / Three Dog Night
Fire And Rain / James Taylor
This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) / Talking Heads
I Burn For You / Sting
Can't Stand Losing You / The Police
So Lonely / The Police
She's Gone / Hall and Oates
Lovesong / The Cure
You Are So Beautiful / Joe Cocker
If / Bread
New York Minute / Don Henley
It's Probably Me / Sting
You've Got A Friend / James Taylor

Fell On Black Days / Soundgarden
Safe And Sound / Sheryl Crow
Needle In The Hay / Elliott Smith
Somewhere Out There / Linda Rondstat, James Ingram
Who Wants to Live Forever / Queen
Under Pressure (w/David Bowie) / Queen
In Your Eyes / Peter Gabriel
A Million Miles Away / The Plimsouls
Time / The Alan Parsons Project
Life Is Sweet / Natalie Merchant
Waiting in Vain / Annie Lennox
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me / Elton John
Sunset Grill / Don Henley
Someone Like You / Adele
Shine / David Gray
Wait A Million Years / The Grass Roots
Not Afraid / Eminem
Wildflower / Sheryl Crow
Hello / Adele
Come Pick Me Up / Ryan Adams
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic / The Police
Solsbury Hill / Peter Gabriel
Always On Your Side (w/Sting) / Sheryl Crow
Under the Milky Way / The Church
A Song for You / Ray Charles
Hallelujah / Jeff Buckley
Old Love / Eric Clapton
I Will Remember You / Sarah McLachlan
Time After Time / Cyndy Lauper
Dust In The Wind / Kansas
How Soon Is Now / The Smiths
Message In A Bottle / The Police
So Far Away / Carole King
Wishing You Were Here / Chicago
Lost Without Your Love / Bread
Diary / Bread
With Or Without You / U2
The Way We Were / Barbra Streisand
Last Night I Dreamt ... / The Smiths
I Better Be Quiet Now / Elliott Smith
Someone Like You / Van Morrison
Alone Again (Naturally) / Gilbert O'Sullivan
Brothers In Arms / Dire Straits
Hurt / Johnny Cash
All By Myself / Eric Carmen
All I Ask / Adele
America / Simon & Garfunkel
Omegaman / The Police
Nothing In This World... / The Kinks
Beautiful / Eminem
Against All Odds / Phil Collins
Yesterday / The Beatles


On the other end of the scale from the moody music is my strange enjoyment of some disco tracks. I can’t tell you why. I’m not a dancer, thankfully, but there are times when “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band pops up, and I feel the need to get up and boogie. It’s not a pretty sight, and it only happens when no one else is around.

Superstar / Carpenters
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes / Edison Lighthouse
Doctor My Eyes / Jackson Browne
All By Myself / Eric Carmen
Bennie And The Jets / Elton John
Band of Gold / Freda Payne
Indiana Wants Me / R. Dean Taylor
It's Magic / Pilot
Daughter of Darkness / Tom Jones
Philadelphia Freedom / Elton John
Something / The Beatles
I'll Never Fall in Love Again / Dionne Warwick
Don't Pull Your Love / Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
Guitar Man / Bread
Rock Me Gently / Andy Kim
Summer Breeze / Seals and Crofts
Oh What A Lonely Boy / Andrew Gold
Tin Man / America
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald / Gordon Lightfoot
Smiling Faces / The Undisputed Truth
You're So Vain / Carly Simon
Lido shuffle / Boz Scaggs
It's Too Late / Carole King
I Got A Name / Jim Croce
I Can See Clearly Now / Johnny Nash
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love / The Spinners
Horse With No Name / America
Indian Reservation / Paul Revere & The Raiders
Then Came You / Dionne Warwick
Brandy / Looking Glass
It's Too Late to Turn Back Now / Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Band On The Run / Paul McCartney & Wings
Baker Street / Gerry Rafferty
Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again / The Fortunes
Give Me Just a Little More Time / Chairmen of the Board
Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves / Cher
Alone Again (Naturally) / Gilbert O'Sullivan
Rock The Boat / Hues Corporation
Wildfire / Michael Murphey
Precious And Few / Climax Blues Band
Heart Of Gold / Neil Young
Saturday In The Park / Chicago
Old Fashioned Love Song / Three Dog Night
Sooner Or Later / The Grass Roots
Spirit In The Sky / Norman Greenbaum

Vehicle / The Ides of March
Seasons in the Sun / Terry Jacks
Love Will Keep Us Together / Captain & Tennille
The Air That I Breathe / Hollies
Your Love Has Lifted Me / Rita Coolidge
You're Still The One / Orleans
Let My Love Open the Door / Pete Townshend
Age of Aquarius / Fifth Dimension

Without You / Harry Nilsson


I was born in 1964, right in the middle of Beatlemania. But my parents weren’t particularly Beatles fans. My mom had a stack of 45s of the music of her teen years in the 50s, including Elvis and the like. My dad, a Purdue marching bandsman, leaned toward that genre, along with some classical. My exposure to the current music of the day came on the radio, and really only when we were on vacation in northern Michigan. The radio was on almost all the time, and AM station we had on to was WIDG, (“Widge by the Bridge” for its proximity to the Mackinac Bridge).  They played pretty much top 40 music, so the popular songs from about 1970-74 have really stuck with me. They have stuck so much that when songs of that era pop up, my sister and I refer to them as “Michigan songs,” and I have a real fondness for them still today.


I became a fan of Wes Anderson films after the first time I saw “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” A big part of his unique filmmaking style is the way he uses music. There are familiar artists like the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and David Bowie, but the tracks he uses from those artists are rarely the ones most well-known. He culls from late 60s and early 70s, along with a few more contemporary artists and a few others more obscure. In the film, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” Anderson incorporates the songs of David Bowie, but mostly sung acoustically in Portuguese by Seu Jorge. The Wes Anderson playlist is a lot like his movies, it’s an acquired taste.