Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga at Umbria Jazz


  I just want to say before I begin that Tony Bennett is important.  He's important to me, and to so many other people in the world.  He's a "pop" singer who stylizes a melody and varies it whenever he…

Becca Stevens - "Perfect Animal" - Drivin' and Listenin'

I'm late to the party on this artist.  I'm not going to claim to be a maven or an early adopter, though I heard her with my pal Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra​.  Becca Stevens.  I loved the last record with "Weightless"…


Jo Lawry - "Taking Pictures"

I'm thinking of starting a "blog series" or "bunch of Shilansky opinions" series or whatever these are, with the name "Drivin' and Listenin'" or something like that, because I seem to do most of my focused listening to music in…


Setlist! Volume 1. May 23, 2015

Amazing Vocalist Jeremy Ragsdale and I used to joke about setlsts.  We would talk about the setlist for our current gig (as a Ragsdale solo set, say, with Esperanza Spalding on bass) or a Syncopation gig, as though it were…


Favorite Concerts!

Here's a Sunday Evening bit of food for thought:

I was reminiscing about my favorite concerts I've ever attended. I'm sure I'm forgetting many of them, but I though I'd provide this little list.  Maybe by doing so I'll…


Eat your heart out, "The Onion." I can use satire, too!

Brockton, MA (AP) - According to witnesses, the keyboardist of a local wedding band went berserk last night, severely beating several groomsmen and setting the remnants of the wedding cake on fire. The reception had been a jubilant one, with…


Whither Criticism, Part I      

I want to sound off in a somewhat definitive way, for me, about Arts Criticism.
Much of it has been said before, but maybe not in quite this…


Welcome and whassup!

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the online world of Mark Shilansky.

I've blogged a bit in the past on myspace, somewhat memorably actually if you wanna check out posts from a couple years ago (, but we all know what has…