Throwback Thursday: Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

  1970. The music world was still reeling as it adjusted to living in a post-Beatles era.  The breakup of the Fab Four hit the Pop and Rock genres particularly hard as the reigning monarch had abdicated the throne and left no apparent successor. The problem was not that there we no worthy candidates to … More Throwback Thursday: Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

Weekend Ramble – My Top 29 Best First Lines from Songs

  Seems that whenever I present any sort of “Best Of” list, I feel the need to precede it with a disclaimer.  Or two.  Or maybe more. Instead of boring you with all the thought processes and criteria-crunching, I’m just going to give you the bottom line: This is a list of my favorite first … More Weekend Ramble – My Top 29 Best First Lines from Songs

New Music Spotlight: Stranger Songs – Ingrid Michaelson

  Ingrid Michaelson’s latest album, Stranger Songs came out last friday.  With songs that are based on/inspired by the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, I optimistically hoped that it would be a bit of a throw-back to her earlier work.  After all, Ms. Michaelson carved out a nifty little niche for herself as the nerdy-cool … More New Music Spotlight: Stranger Songs – Ingrid Michaelson

Weekend Ramble – A Tale of Two Concerts

Recently, my wife and I visited Branson Missouri, home of several music shows and the popular down-home theme park, Silver Dollar City.  Having purchased season passes to the park, we visited two days in a row during their Summer Concert Series nights.  So we attended, on back-to-back nights, two concerts.  First Christopher Cross and then … More Weekend Ramble – A Tale of Two Concerts

Throwback Thursday: Boomtown – David and David

In the mid-eighties, my relationship with music had grown stale.   Six years into a career, five years into the married life, and on the cusp of starting a family.  Adulthood had taken hold with both hands, and times spent enjoying music became shorter and less frequent. Music was changing – both the industry and the … More Throwback Thursday: Boomtown – David and David

New Music Spotlight: Young Enough – Charly Bliss

At the suggestion of my son’s co-worker, I’ve been listening to the second (and latest) album from the band Charly Bliss, Young Enough. Yes, Charly Bliss is a band, not a person (think Pink Floyd or Jethro Tull). Fitting to make the comparison to ’70s-style Rock, as Charly has all the components of a typical … More New Music Spotlight: Young Enough – Charly Bliss

New Music Spotlight: Magnetic Moves – Katie Toupin

Katie Toupin follows up her 2018 EP, Moroccan Ballroom, with her first full-length solo album, Magnetic Moves – released June 14.  With the former serving as her declaration of independence from her former band – chronicled in particular by the words to “Shake Baby” – the latter serves as notice that she has forged her … More New Music Spotlight: Magnetic Moves – Katie Toupin

New Music Spotlight: Fever Breaks – Josh Ritter

On April 26th, Josh Ritter released his 10th studio album, Fever Breaks. On May 3rd, Brandi Carlile tweeted: I just wanna make my pals hip to @joshritter’s beautiful new album Fever Breaks. Well done Josh!! Also well done @JasonIsbell and @amandashires pic.twitter.com/3rSGyGk55U — Brandi Carlile (@brandicarlile) May 3, 2019 How cool is it to have … More New Music Spotlight: Fever Breaks – Josh Ritter

New Music Spotlight: Moroccan Ballroom – Katie Toupin

  Well, the term ‘new music’ doesn’t quite work here, as Katie Toupin’s EP Moroccan Ballroom was released well over a year ago.  But having just discovered this music recently, I’ll allow it. I’ll use the same excuse for posting this when her first full-length album is on its way in less than a month.  … More New Music Spotlight: Moroccan Ballroom – Katie Toupin

New Music Spotlight: Father of the Bride – Vampire Weekend

Released May 3rd of this year, Vampire Weekend’s latest – Father of the Bride – consists of 18 songs that, in varying degrees, distance the band from their earlier work.  Whatever remained of their classic A-punk frentic-energy-pop sound on 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City vanishes completely on 2019’s FOTB.  Small wonder, considering the six … More New Music Spotlight: Father of the Bride – Vampire Weekend