In the Smoky Mountains, where I grew up, bluegrass is a way of life. Every Friday night, about a mile from my house, an abandoned old schoolhouse becomes one big jam session, and sometimes, when the weather is nice, it moves outside under the stars with the moonlight casting shadows onto the red Tennessee dirt.
The father of modern pinball, Steve Kordek, passed away Sunday with a high score of 100 years. In his honor, we present this special double-play Soundtrack of Pinball Wizard, presented by Sir Elton "Supple Wrists" John and The Who.
I know what you want. You want an iPod nano, covered in 250 color-coordinated Swarovski crystals and donning Elton John's signature. Wait, you don't? WELL IT HELPS FIGHT AIDS YOU JERKS! DON'T YOU HATE AIDS???
You know the Apocalypse is near when you read Walt's buddy Katherine Boehret saying this in today's The Mossberg Solution column:
So there's Elton John, sitting in his office, all Writer's Block-ed out, and flipping his Bic biro in despair. He liked the way it moved, "Like a rocket," he thought. "I know, I'll write a song about it and call it Rocket Pen". It was only the return of Bernie Taupin from the kitchen, where he had been making the…