The Year in Music: The Titular Playlist
I’m not sure how we got here so quickly, but once again It’s time for the annual listing of the songs from which I borrowed my post titles. There is a Spotify playlist, of course, with a few more holes than I’d care for. (Really, who would have thought The Beatles, The Clash and Gang of Four would be available but not Michelle Shocked or James?)
The music keeps me sane and I hope if you’re interested that you take a listen. If you’re a reader, first of all, thank you, I hope you’ve enjoyed some of what you’ve read here. If this is the place you found or re-encountered a book, author or idea then we are both richer for it.
I hope you enjoy the music. Here’s to better things in 2019.
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
Mistakes are part of life, so I try to learn from mine.
Take my declarations about genres. Every time I declare I don’t read a particular type of book, I find myself behaving in a contradictory manner.
Consider Exhibit A: biography, a category that includes autobiography and the successful publisher-created Continue reading
Best Music Writing 2011
Alex Ross, Guest Editor; Daphne Carr, Series Editor
This is going to be one of those semesters.
We’re only a couple of weeks in and I’m already so far behind I’m in danger of seeing myself out on my way in.
Luckily, though I hadn’t planned it this way, it turns out that I am prepared for just such a contingency. That Claude S. Fischer book from last month is not the only read-but-not- Continue reading
Labor Day 2018
It’s been over 95° for the last few days of August and even though the Fall semester has already started (at least for me), this seems like a good time to make a cocktail and relax. So let’s end summer 2018 with a Continue reading
Roomful of Blues
At Misquamicut Beach, RI, August 1, 2018
There’s an 8-piece band in there, I promise you.
Bear with me a moment.
In September, 1980, I found myself sitting in line at an ungodly hour at UMass, waiting to buy tickets to see the Grateful Dead at Radio City. The chatter among the other line-sitters was of past shows.
If you’ve never suffered through one of these sessions they offer their own special Continue reading
Early Morning Thoughts on Some 1970s Music
What were they all thinking?
Not just the bands, but the fans.
Better yet, are they thinking it still?
Maybe I don’t want to know the answer to that last question.
As I ponder that possibility, let’s turn to an Continue reading
Memorial Day 2018
I always start from the premise that it’s important to remember why we even have a holiday called Memorial Day.
So, as I’ve been doing for decades now, I’ll turn out early on Monday to watch the parade and remember that our freedoms Continue reading