I am a writer, editor, and music-industry veteran. I’ve been a journalist since “cut and paste” actually meant “cut and paste.”

My writing and music career started to take shape in 5th grade at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School in Philadelphia when I handed in a paper on Janis Joplin as the subject of “The person I most admire” essay. Sr. Kathleen called my parents about the “inappropriate” subject, and I knew I was onto something.