Bradley Don Richter

Bradley Don Richter lives in Felton, California, where he writes, teaches music and plays in several bands. He and the band Still Searchin’ recently recorded an Americana and bluegrass album.

Posts by Bradley Don Richter

The Dude

6 Life Hacks from The Dude

The Coen brothers’ cult favorite ‘The Big Lebowski’ turns 20 on March 6. Celebrate with these important life lessons from The Dude. Jeff Lebowski is a man for his time and place — 1991, Los Angeles. But he doesn’t call himself by the handle his loving parents gave him. He calls himself The Dude, Duder, His Dudeness, or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. But is The Dude a bumbling burnout        …read more

Bob Marley / Black History Month

Small Axe and Big Tree: Bob Marley's Legacy

Remembering Bob Marley as the revolutionary he was, not just a ganja-loving entertainer. Born February 6, 1945, and departing this world at only 36 years old, Bob Marley left a permanent impression through his musical and sociopolitical contributions. ‘Africa unite’ It was midnight on April 18, 1980. One year before Bob Marley’s untimely death, and just over 100 years since the Berlin Conference (when Africa was divided by colonial European powers), Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)        …read more

heartache, best breakup songs

5 Best Breakup Songs for Every Stage of Heartache

Getting over someone? These breakup songs might help you through the five stages of heartache. Whether you’re the dumper or the dumpee, breakups suck. Heartache can range from being bummed out over the loss of a summer fling to having your life obliterated by a nasty divorce. But there is one thing all heartache has in common: it compels songwriters to write some of their best material. And their songs can comfort the rest of        …read more

Drunk History

‘Drunk History’ Makes the Driest Subject Go Down Smooth

Before season 5 makes history drunk again, revisit the 5 best episodes of ‘Drunk History’ so far. Disclaimer: in the spirit of Drunk History, I am writing this article with a glass of absinthe. In chapter three of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, after growing to nine feet tall, crying and then shrinking again only to find herself in a sea of her own tears, Alice finally comes ashore with a strange assembly of        …read more

James Franco movie

How the ‘Citizen Kane of Bad Movies’ Inspired the New James Franco Movie

The 2003 drama ‘The Room’ is widely regarded as one of the worst films of all time, which is exactly why it’s the subject of the new James Franco movie. James Franco knows a thing or two about bad movies. On Rotten Tomatoes, several of his many projects have been labeled “rotten” by critical consensus. (As much as I may personally enjoy it, Your Highness sits at a rotten 27%.) But what about the new        …read more

learn music

Feeling Like an Old Dog? 5 Tricks to Learn Music as an Adult

It’s never too late to learn music! My piano student Jane is nearing a nervous breakdown. To help her learn music intuitively, I’ve just explained that I’d like her to experiment by holding down the sustain pedal and improvising with random black keys, which form a pentatonic scale. In an attempt to inspire her, I suggest the dulcet, though accidental, harmony of wind chimes in the breeze. She tenses. Her fingers curl into fists. She        …read more

Tom Petty’s birthday

Remembering a Legend on Tom Petty’s Birthday

On Tom Petty’s birthday, October 20, we remember 6 reasons why we loved the man and his music. I’ve been listening to Tom Petty since the womb. My mom is undoubtedly his biggest fan. She calls him, simply, “Thomas” and always has. My first concert? Tom Petty. The first time music brought me to tears? Tom Petty. My first crush? The girl from Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” video. That “good girl” who loves her mama,        …read more