“What’s in a name?,” the Bard rightly asked.
It’s a question I’ve been pondering once again as I’ve become obsessed with another: Could pop music even exist without songs simply titled by a girl’s name?
There’s no reason they’re required, though. The number of songs about a generic girl dwarfs the Continue reading
The Year in Music: The Titular Playlist
It’s time for the annual listing of the songs from which I borrowed my post titles. A mixtape fiend back in the C-90 era, I have once again provided a Spotify playlist. I’m Continue reading
These year end holidays are a bear. I should be writing, I have been writing. But I keep being dragged away by commitments.
Yet things keep nagging at me. This week, I’m wondering if our troubles as a nation can be chalked up to Classic Rock.
You decide for yourself. See you next week with a proper post.
The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s
(Originally published August 22, 2016)
I thought long and hard about taking this week off–I even took out the ingredients to make chocolate croissants. After all, the last thing any of you need is another opinionated epistle that has no external point of reference.
At least with books you get to decide if you want to read it yourself to see if what I’m Continue reading
Labor Day 2017
(C) Walt Disney Company
no infringement intended
And so another summer comes to an end. Around here, the weather gods have jumped early into autumn (58 degrees when I awoke) even as Houston starts to rebuild from a hurricane. September can be puzzling in a continent-spanning country. Continue reading
The Duke Robillard Band
At Misquamicut Beach, RI, August 9, 2017
Every so often I’m able to deliver on what might otherwise be just a well-intentioned promise.
A short time ago, in the J. Geils post, I mentioned a band and guitar player I’ve been listening to since 1979. That’s when the self-titled Roomful of Blues album appeared, seeming to land Continue reading
Just over two months ago J. (John Warren) Geils passed away at the age of 71. He was best known as the lead guitarist in the eponymous J. Geils Band, a group that had their heyday in the 1970s and were last heard from, in recorded form, in the 1980’s.
In recent years, Geils had reinvented himself in a way few aging members of Baby Continue reading