Category Archive: Music

Apr 04 2014

The perfect country and western song

Just before singing the last verse, David Allan Coe explains why You never even call me by my name, written by Steve Goodman, is the perfect country and western song.

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Mar 10 2014

Bach Toccata and Fugue played on giant foot piano

Feb 20 2014

ABBA’s secret revealed


The Swedish pop group ABBA that had phenomenal success a few decades ago were noted for two things: (1) trite, formulaic, and often meaningless lyrics set to catchy and bouncy tunes and (2) outlandish costumes that they wore during their performances. Below is a performance that showcases both.

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Feb 18 2014

Harsh static or harsh noise music

Yesterday I linked to a video of a live concert performance by a classic rock-and-roll instrumental group The Shadows. Today, I want to discuss a really recent phenomenon.

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Feb 17 2014

The Shadows perform again

The Shadows were a British instrumental group, the equivalent of The Ventures in the US. Both groups pioneered the three guitar (lead, rhythm, bass) plus drummer format, though the former had less of the driving, pulsing, beat that characterized the latter.

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Feb 07 2014

I coulda been a Pip. No, not really

While writing my post reviewing the film 20 Feet From Stardom about the anonymous backup singers to the famous singers, I recalled that I used to think that for someone with limited musical ability like myself but yet thought that it would be fun to perform, the role of backup singer seemed ideal. It seemed …

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Jan 29 2014

Pete Seeger and the blacklist

In reading about Pete Seeger on the web yesterday, I came across his testimony when he was hauled up before the House Un-American Affairs Committee in August 1955. This was the infamous Congressional committee that would order people to appear before them and quiz them about their political affiliations. If the people were willing to …

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Jan 28 2014

Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash

The internet has been full of tributes to the great Pete Seeger who died earlier today. Here is one clip that I particularly liked where he appears with another of my favorite singers Johnny Cash. Together they sing a rousing version of It takes a worried man, getting the audience to join in, which is …

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Jan 28 2014

Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

Pete Seeger died today. He was an American treasure, a powerful voice for justice and peace all throughout his long and colorful life, whose musical and political influence extended well beyond the borders of the USA. I had heard of Seeger and knew his songs growing up in Sri Lanka. This entry in Wikipedia captures …

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Jan 04 2014

Phil Everly, 1939-2014

Phil Everly died yesterday in Los Angeles. He and his older brother Don comprised the Everly Brothers and had a string of hits songs in the late fifties and sixties with their distinctive voices, pleasing harmonies, and simple songs of love.

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