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Re-writing my life & personal narrative. Top Writer in Music. Fiction writer, poet, musician, spoken-word guy, voice-over/audiobook guy.

Open Letter Regarding my Absence as Reader and Writer

My Girl

As some of you may have noticed, I have been “slacking off” on my Medium/Riff duties.

Because I do not want this ebb to be misconstrued as a lack of interest on the behalf of all you beautiful souls who so generously give me your time, your minds and your…


RESPONSES AS POSTS

Reinvention at 45

Photo by Armin Lotfi on Unsplash

Up until the middle of May, I was writing regularly on Medium across a series of publications as diverse as The Lark, StoryMaker, Illumination, The Riff and others; posts ranging from my own poetry, to flash fiction, creative non-fiction, album and song reviews; I can safely say it was an…


“New Skin for the Old Ceremony”: What You Thought You Knew, You Didn’t

A wolf in sheep’s clothing…

A few weeks ago, I dropped off the Medium writing map for various existential reasons, which would doubtless bore you all to tears, so consider yourselves respectfully spared!

However, during this hiatus, when I was supposedly closed for stock-taking, I was delightfully “interrupted” by the now-holidaying Noah Levy regarding whether…


Riff Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge: The Talking Heads’ “Nothing But Flowers.”

Photo: author’s own; Cacela village as seen from the beach.

Of Music and Memory

Songs, in and of themselves, have been known to evoke many emotional states, but there are perhaps none so powerful as when a particular song is steeped in our own personal histories — like a sonic dream fragment, some emerge from the mist of their own time as signifiers, to…


What’s really happening in my life now, a confession, and a cautionary warning for those in similar situations

Photo and Art by Author

NOTE: Because of my exhaustion from lack of sleep and my will to publish this regardless of my diminished abilities — it is NOT edited and re-drafted to my usual self-imposed standards. Regardless, I just wanted to say a few words, my people.

So, What’s With the Weird Photo, Pedro?

I sit and write in between to-do…


Teenage Musical Rebellion: N.W.A’s “She Swallowed It.”

I used to love them, oooooh, but I had to…

Headnote: This essay originated as a direct response to Reuben Salsa’s own essay “You Suck. Suck It Hard. Go Down, Baby.”

On the Weaponization of Music by Adolescent Boys

There comes a time in teenage boys’ lives for developing their own identity. They embark on less than felicitous musical choices by distancing themselves as much as possible from…


The Vatican urges Italian government to desist from anti- homophobia law.

Jesus’ face imprinted on the Shroud of Turin; Image from Wikimedia Commons Library

Freedom to Love Whomever, Revoked

It was a quiet Sunday night in Rome as three young men, Jean Pierre Moreno, his boyfriend and a friend waited for their train on a platform of the Valle Aurelia metro station, returning home from a birthday celebration.

As most couples do in public sometimes, Jean Pierre and his…


Three Classic, Yet Lesser-Known Tracks

“As for the immediate future, Lou has no plans, but will become one of the world’s most influential artists.” Taken from his yearbook, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Five months ago today, I made one of the most important decisions of my entire life: I stopped drinking.

Over the last decade, I eliminated all my other addictions one by one (and trust me, they were many, though I was what is called a “functioning addict”). …

Pedro B. Gorman

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