Category Archive: Music

Jun 24 2014

Gerry Goffin (1939-2014)

There are many songs from the past that I really like but I usually identify them with the performer and not the songwriter. Hence the name Gerry Goffin meant nothing to me until I read last week that he had died and they listed some of the songs he had written and they are really …

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Jun 23 2014

OK Go optical illusion music video

The music group OK Go is known for doing elaborate and complicated music videos that are filmed in just one single take, an incredible feat. I showed one three years ago involving a whole lot of dogs, which must have been a real challenge.

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May 20 2014

Songs for spring

I first heard the song Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson when it was part of the soundtrack to the film Midnight Cowboy and it immediately struck a chord with me, both the words and music. I came across this performance by Nilsson on the web and thought I would share it with those of you …

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Apr 26 2014

The Israel-Palestinian issue in rap

The so-called Middle East ‘Peace Process’, which needs to be relabeled to the more accurate ‘Delay and Deny Palestinian Rights Process’, has been called off for the umpteenth time since the Israeli government objects to the fact that the Palestinian Authority, that governs the Occupied Territories in the West Bank, has applied for recognition from …

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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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