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 …

Where is My Muse or 5 Steps to Helping a Muse Find You–DeMarco Banter

By J. William DeMarco I am sure there are others out there like me... maybe? Writers with a million notes and thoughts scattered between computers..in word, pages, Evernote, iPads, iPhones, and when there is finally time to sit down and ponder which ideas to pull on... you start looking for your muse. Sometimes it shows …

All Along the Watchtower what was Bob thinking? Heck… what was Jimi thinking?

All Along the Watchtower...can a remake, copy, be as good of better than the original? Innovation is not always about creating something entirely new. This is a great story--when you read what Bob Dylan had to say about Jimi Hendrix and what he did to the original version...two very different artists with incredible respect for …

Neil: Talk to me…. Long May You Run? DeMarco Banter

Wow… who does not love this song? It peaked at #71 on the UK singles chart, and was an elegy for Neil Young's first car, a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse. This was apparently a different hearse than the one Stills spotted Young driving around Los Angeles in 1966 which led to the formation of Buffalo Springfield.   Neil's beloved Pontiac hearse, "Mort" (a.k.a. "Mortimer …

Who in the world is Mr Mojo Risin

James Douglas "Jim" Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band The Doors, as well as a poet. Following The Doors' explosive rise to fame in 1967, Morrison developed a severe alcohol and drug dependency that culminated in his death at the age of 27 in Paris. He is presumed to have died from a heroin …

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 …

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 …