Ghost in The Machine—We Are Spirits In The Material World

I am sure this is just part of the maturation process—but do you ever look back on amazing movies, books, or albums and discover things you never knew? I always thought the title of The Police’s 4th studio album Ghost in the Machine was just plain cool—NOT to even mention the amazing album cover.   The album was originally released …

What Can the Rock Music Industry Teach the US Military About Innovation?  “Walk This Way.”

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” - Miles Davis Many people probably do not initially see the parallels between the rock industry and the American military, and in fact, one might think they have been at odds with each other for …

Bootleg Innovation in the Military–or what happens when Punk Rock goes Mainstream

The massive military bureaucracy is daunting to any junior or mid level solider, marine, airman, sailor dare we say—any person working in a bureaucracy—giving way to an entirely different form of innovation.  If an Airman on a flight-line has a problem or a solider in field finds or discovers a new tool—it can take years …

Who is Baba O’Riley and where is Teenage Wasteland?

By J. William DeMarco Sitting in the all too warm classroom….staring at the clock…wondering if sixth period English was ever going to end…glancing to my left… I notice Scott's Pee Chee folder with 6000 doodles on it…and a massive Union Jack labeled Teenage Wasteland in thick black Sharpie. A great song to be sure… but in …

Innovation with The Byrds:  Eight Miles High, IDEO and David Kelley—neo-DeMarcoian Banter

The Byrds were an iconic band when I was growing up, although they were well before my time, the music is in a sense timeless. The song Eight Miles High was always one where there seemed there was this confluence of a million things all happening at once and as I did some “research” I …

Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day…

It is probably just me...but ever since 1983--I seem to hear Bono's words...ever single New Year's Day...and does anything really change...on New Year's Day? "New Year's Day" is a song by rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album War and it was released as the album's lead single in January 1983. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, "New Year's Day" is driven …

Walking through Cambridge: The Pink Floyd Sound—Us and Them and Losing One’s Sanity—DeMarco Banter

I consider myself fortunate—twice a year I get to return to the town of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  Walking the streets in Cambridge is always a treat and there is nothing better than grabbing a cappuccino at Nero’s Coffee right across the street from King’s College and just pondering all the historical figures that …