Tag: popular music

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Music featuring wind instruments has never been central to my home catalog. Yet, a series of performers and pieces, across genres, stand out over the decades of my life. This is the windy music soundtrack of my life. My mother likes jazz, while my father does not. So, us kids got early exposure to jazz […]

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There is planned, skillful comedy, including parody, and then there are instances of art gone painfully wrong, so wrong it passes from a bit embarrassing to howlingly funny. Or, at least it is mildly amusing. Your mirth milage may vary.  Start with a talented quartet from England, who came to dominate the globe musically, even […]

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“Nice Work if You Can Get It” is a George and Ira Gershwin song composed as part of the sound track for the 1937 song and dance movie A Damsel in Distress. It was first sung by Fred Astaire with backing vocals by The Stafford Sisters, led by Jo Stanford, who had a long career […]

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Let’s start off March with some of the soundtrack of our lives, songs about work and working. Here are a few tunes that come to mind for me. Are some of these songs that come to mind for you as well, and do you have other tunes in your mental soundtrack?

Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” is the first song that comes to my mind. It is a working man’s lament at a rigged system, while also boasting of great physical prowess, a man among men.

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If you are around, or below, the half-century mark, then “Ice Cream Man” likely calls to mind David Lee Roth at his most outrageous, over-the-top hair and spandex rock stardom. The live performances cannot be linked, for language strewn around the introductions, but here is the studio version, with all its California rocker swagger: Now […]

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Boris Johnson laid out his vision for Britain and touted his accomplishments as mayor of London before his surprise announcement that he wouldn’t seek the Tory leadership. Among his accomplishments, he said: “We brought down crime by almost 20%, the murder rate down by half, bus crime down by 50%—obviously crime committed on buses, rather than […]

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The age of the middle class is not the age of the blues. The middle-class character of a community precludes the kinds of experiences whence the blues emerges, as well as the craft required for singing it. If music is supposed to correspond to or to raise to imagination & judgment the deep longings of the […]

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This is the best song on Synchronicity. It is not superior as music goes, although there is something pleasing about the chord structure–one does not hear it everyday in popular or rock music. Should any of my fellow Ricochetti know enough music theory to explain about the change of keys from Bm to D & […]

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