Throwback Thursday – Breakfast in America, Supertramp

It is two days before #TBT as I sit down to write this post: March 29, 2016 – 37 years to the day that the British Rock group Supertramp released their biggest-selling album, Breakfast in America.  I was finishing up my junior year in college and later that summer became one of millions to purchase the album. … More Throwback Thursday – Breakfast in America, Supertramp

New Music Spotlight – Painted Shut, Hop Along

  Listening to Hop Along’s third album, Painted Shut, is not a pleasant experience.  But then again, it’s not intended to be. Frances Quinlan’s scratchy, screeching voice set against the backdrop of feedback-rock guitars and matching rhythms puts the listener on the edge of his seat. Which is exactly the intent. My very first impulse … More New Music Spotlight – Painted Shut, Hop Along

Weekend Ramble – My Top 10 Favorite Songs Back to Back on an Album

I’ve threatened a couple of times to make a list of my favorite songs that appear back to back on an album.  Today I’m doing it. To qualify, the two songs must 1) appear as consecutive and distinct tracks on an album, 2) not be the last song on side one and the first song on side … More Weekend Ramble – My Top 10 Favorite Songs Back to Back on an Album

Throwback Thursday – Emerson, Lake and Palmer (R.I.P. Keith Emerson)

  The world of Rock ‘n’ Roll lost yet another of its biggest names last week when Keith Emerson, founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died of an apparent suicide. He was 71. Of the 70’s-era rock stars that we’ve lost recently, David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Keith Emerson shined the brightest.  All so … More Throwback Thursday – Emerson, Lake and Palmer (R.I.P. Keith Emerson)

New Music Spotlight: Loretta Lynn – Full Circle

Lucky is the person whose grandparents are still around by the time that person is old enough to appreciate their stories.  It is in these stories that one can gain of sense of heritage, a sense of appreciation, and insight into life in the past that cannot be gained through a history book.  Those who did … More New Music Spotlight: Loretta Lynn – Full Circle

Throwback Thursday – The Stranger by Billy Joel

  By 1977, Billy Joel had achieved a more-than-modest level of success.  Every music fan of my generation knew the name, loved “Piano Man” and weighed his subsequent songs against that 1973 mega-hit. Two albums later, his future as a classic Rock artist was still uncertain.  Tracks like “New York State of Mind” and “The Entertainer” … More Throwback Thursday – The Stranger by Billy Joel

Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Back in my younger days, I had a friend whose musical taste ran a bit harder than mine.  His 8-track carry-case was filled with groups like AC/DC, Slade, and Black Sabbath.  With no radio station any harder than pop-rock within broadcasting distance, my friend’s house was pretty much my exposure to the screamed-lyrics and distorted … More Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Throwback Thursday – “Chicago” by Graham Nash

I’m writing this post on the evening of Super Tuesday, dismayed at my choices and dismayed at our electoral process (which looks so good on paper), and thinking of those lines from Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson:” Going to the candidates’ debate Laugh about it, shout about it When you’ve got to choose, Any way you look … More Throwback Thursday – “Chicago” by Graham Nash