From A Camel To A Racehorse? Almost.

April 13, 2018By francis-adminBUSINESS, THE AGENCY, Work

There’s an old ad-biz saying I’ve been repeating ever since I first heard it in 1991: “What’s a camel? It’s a racehorse designed by committee.” That came to mind when my longtime friend (and occasional client) Jeff Roberts told me he needed an ad celebrating Tractor & Equipment’s 75th year in business — and all the people … Read More

HareBrains Radio Is Online!

January 12, 2018By francis-adminCULTURE, FUN, Music

From time to time, people still ask me why we don’t give-away CD mixes any more. Mainly because hardly anybody ever listens to CDs any more. Which is why I’m converting my most popular mixes into Click-And-Play streaming files. Below are links to our current online inventory — which will be growing over time, so come back often! AMERICANA Country Blues (Self-explanatory, … Read More

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

January 1, 2018By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Humor, Miscellaneous

This column was originally published in the January, 2012 issue of B-Metro Magazine. Now seemed like a good time to re-post it. Almost true story: A fine Southern lady and her daughter are taking a cab through New York, when the young girl asks about several brazenly-dressed women standing at a nearby street corner. “Well, sweetheart,” … Read More

Heartland 2017 – Let’s Twist Again

December 23, 2017By francis-adminCULTURE, FUN, Music

Americana Made Great #3 in the series (playlist at bottom of page) CLICK ARTWORK BELOW TO LAUNCH PLAYER Playlist JD McPherson  CRYING’S JUST A THING YOU DO Phil Cook  1922 Little Feat  DOWN ON THE FARM Maria Muldaur  THE WORK SONG Phil Cook  GONE Rolling Stones  SWEET VIRGINIA John Mellencamp  SUGAR HILL MOUNTAIN John Mooney  … Read More

When Clients Won’t Listen

October 31, 2017By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, General Biz

Several years ago, I was at lunch with a buddy who posed a question I’d stopped asking in the late-80’s. Namely, “Why is radio in Birmingham so bad?” The broad answer is, “Because radio everywhere is bad.” That said, this is not a Bash-Birmingham-Radio column. There are plenty of good people working in commercial radio. And … Read More