Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

We were wandering through one of Singapore's many (and I mean many) malls, and a catchy tune was playing through the loudspeakers at one of the stores. I didn't recognize it all, but thanks to the amazing Shazam app, I was able to find out what the song was and who the artist was, all … Continue reading Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

It's been a tradition where I grew up, in the Philly suburbs, for a local radio station, WMGK, to play a list of the top 500 songs, as voted by listeners, over the Memorial Day weekend. This year the station replayed the list for the New Year, and I was surprised to hear that Stairway … Continue reading Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Serendipity strikes again. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Nashville Noise by Coti Howell, and she had a post about Pandora announcing its country artists to watch for 2020. There are 15 artists on the list, and I started checking out each one by going to YouTube and looking for some of their … Continue reading Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)

I was waiting for the Monday closest to Christmas to put this post together, which consists mostly of combining a couple of my previous posts about my favorite Christmas songs, with some updates. I also came across a short post about the worst Christmas song ever, and decided to include that here as well. So … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)

Another Saturday Night…

For those of you who may have wondered who goes to the gym on a Saturday night, the picture above gives you your answer. My son and I. But maybe you're thinking, "Well, of course, no one is doing cardio on a Saturday night, everybody is in the back pumping iron." Here's my answer to … Continue reading Another Saturday Night…

Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message

I can't say I know much about punk rock, but it is cool being friends with the lead singer and guitarist of a punk rock band. I've written about Bud Drago before; he is a fellow faculty member at Villanova, and was a member of a London punk rock band going back to the late … Continue reading Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message

The Best of Britain’s Christmas Commercials, 2019

It's been a tradition since I started this blog to share the best Christmas commercials coming out of the U.K. For British retailers, the ads are the equivalent of the Super Bowl commercials in the U.S. I've already featured one British Christmas ad this year, the one by Hafod's, a hardware store in the Welsh … Continue reading The Best of Britain’s Christmas Commercials, 2019

Music Monday: Early Hints of Stardom?

I'm not really sure what led me to the following video, but it shows the band Brand New in its early days, playing at a rec center that holds up to 150 people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj7qzmtrgRM The video was filmed in 2001, one year after Brand New had formed. The lead singer is about 23 years old. … Continue reading Music Monday: Early Hints of Stardom?

Music Monday: A Little Bit of Harmonica

The harmonica offers a unique sound, and its playing is often one of the more memorable parts of a song. The one song that always comes to mind when I think of the harmonica is Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. It's one of the best openings I know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5kXnq5IjdU   The following background information comes … Continue reading Music Monday: A Little Bit of Harmonica