If you have read many of my posts, you are aware that my children have had a lot to do with what new music I am exposed to. My kids have blessed me in so many more and bigger ways, but I consider it a blessing that every one of them (and there are four) have a … More Weekend Ramble – Happy Halloween!
Cory Wells (center), one of the lead singers of the Rock band Three Dog Night, died last week becoming the third of the group’s core members to pass away; and the second this year. Bassist Joe Schermie died in 2002 and keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon passed in March of this year. Wells was 74. Wells was one … More Throwback Thursday – Three Dog Night (R.I.P. Cory Wells)
In my review of the Decemberists’ lastest album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, I made the point that the band was changing. With Florasongs – their latest EP (released October 9) – they continue that trend with five new songs that stem from their work on Terrible World. Fair or not, … More Florasongs – The Decemberists
In the 1986 Movie, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Kahn captures two crew members of the Enterprise and controls their minds and actions by way of a nasty little creature that has crawled into their ears as part of its life-cycle. That’s the image that pops into my head when I hear the term … More Weekend Ramble – The Care and Feeding of Earworms
In 1970, Neil Diamond released an album called Tap Root Manuscript. To this day, fans and critics alike point to this album as much or more than Jonathan Livingston Seagull when touting Diamond’s creative talents. It was his sixth studio album and he had already proven himself as a singer/songwriter with hits like “I’m a … More Throwback Thursday – Tap Root Manuscript – Neil Diamond
In 1986, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released an autobiographical song called “Partners, Brothers and Friends.” There’s a line in the song that describes how critics – and probably many other listeners – perceived their music: Is it folk, rock, or country? Seems like everybody cares but us. Just leave us an early wake-up call … More Avett Brothers
Influence. It’s a word that pops up a lot in one form or another with regard to musical artists. Music reviews, interviews, discussions, blogs, etc. – you’re likely to find this word in any of these. “Who are your musical influences?” or “Who did you listen to as a teenager?” are typical questions asked of … More Weekend ramble – Influence.
The year was 1967 and I was 10 years old, a fourth grader adjusting to a new school in a new town in the Texas Panhandle. Meanwhile a group of young men, James Pankow,Terry Kath, Walter Parazaider and others were attending DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois while forming a musical group called The Big Thing, playing mostly covers. … More Throwback Thursday – Chicago
In previous posts, I have presented current musical artists Ingrid Michaelson and St. Vincent for consideration by older folks like myself that are wanting or at least willing to experience the music of today. I described Michaelson as perfect for ‘wading into’ today’s musical scene; and St. Vincent as jumping in with both feet. Today’s post features … More Regina Spektor
Last weekend, I Rambled about the resurgence of vinyl as a musical medium, listing reasons that vinyl enthusiasts give to justify their preference. One of those reasons is that vinyl lends itself to more creative packaging (artwork, lyrics, etc.). This weekend, I’m presenting examples of how some artists creatively have used the vinyl medium in ways that simply aren’t possible … More Weekend Ramble – “Never Let Your Monster Lay Down” and Other Creative Uses of Vinyl