All I want for Christmas

Music | THE SECOND ROOM Dec 23, 2005

All I want for Christmas

by Jeff Ogrisseg

Dear Santa, I hope this letter doesn't freak you out. I realize that it's been three decades since I last wrote to you, but I have been keeping your spirit alive all this time, albeit mostly as a child-management tool. I swear, this will ...

Honest, Doc, I can still dance

Music | THE SECOND ROOM Apr 8, 2005

Honest, Doc, I can still dance

by Jeff Ogrisseg

I missed everything in the doctor's explanation of my condition after she used the "A" word. So she kindly repeated it, with "aging" coming at the end of her spiel as "only one" of the possible causes. But really, "It's not too serious." By this time, ...

The Gathering 2004 preview

Music | THE SECOND ROOM Aug 20, 2004

The Gathering 2004 preview

by Jeff Ogrisseg

After dozens of hours of copious, nail-biting research, I have deduced that there is absolutely no connection whatsoever between Respect for the Aged Day and the ending date for Gathering 2004, except that vigorous dancing has been medically proven to reverse the aging process. OK, ...

2003 -- Year of the Compilation

Music | THE SECOND ROOM Jan 24, 2004

2003 -- Year of the Compilation

by Jeff Ogrisseg

It began in Japan with a nasty flu spawned in an overflowing crowd at the countdown party. Right off the bat, 2003 had all the makings of a year that would never get off the ground. The horizon was already darkened by war clouds, threats ...

Dad(o) hands down a family tradition

Music | THE SECOND ROOM Oct 4, 2003

Dad(o) hands down a family tradition

by Jeff Ogrisseg

Frederic Holyszewski (aka Dado, Deedrah) was raised in the countryside of Fontainebleau, south of Paris. His parents handed down strong family traditions that grew out of a humble background. It was a charmed setting in which to grow up -- Fontainebleau even has a ...