I’m thrilled that singer/songwriter Stephen Kohler will join us at our one-time-only live event in Evanston, IL. He’ll share songs from his new album, Daydream, and I’ll be joined by some amazingly talented musicians to play John Milton’s Paradise Lost as a set of catchy songs.

Come join us for what promises to be a night full of poetry and rock.

Tickets here.



John Milton wrote (well, dictated) a poem over 350 years ago. It’s packed with big ideas and human emotion. It’s also a 60,000+ word challenge. I distilled each book of the poem into a 3-minute rock song. His words, only recast in hopes of making them more accessible.

We’re performing the work live at a one-time only show at SPACE in Evanston, IL on February 28th. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Great seats are still available.

Come join us for our experiment. Paradise Lost as a concept album.

I shot a brief video (above) on my thinking behind the first book of the poem/song from the album. There’s more on the other songs, too.



Earlier this year, I composed and recorded an album based on John Milton’s Paradise Lost. My goal was to “unlock” simple and impactful ideas and images from the 10,000+ lines of poetry and share them in 3-minute rock songs.

I borrowed the text verbatim. The music is my own.

Now, I’m going to perform the songs live in a one-time concert on Tuesday, February 28th, at a club just outside Chicago called SPACE. I’ll be surrounded by wildly talented musicians who will take the music to places I could not have imagined, let alone reached. I am sure Milton will be proud.

Also, the club features table seating and cocktail service, and there’s a really good restaurant attached.

If you’re in the neighborhood and/or know somebody who will be, please consider coming to the show?

Here’s the link to tickets.



Jonathan Salem Baskin

I write books about technology and brands, sci-fi stories, and rock musicals.