Music Monday: Battle of the Band

Some of you may have read the headline and thought, 'Borden did it again with another typo, leaving off an "s" at the end of Band'. Well, let me assure you, I meant to write it that way. I am not writing about a competition for the best new band or anything like that, but … Continue reading Music Monday: Battle of the Band

Music Monday: A Hidden Gem Discovered in a Geico Commercial

As I have written many times before, unlike most people, I am a fan of commercials. I love the skill that is required to put together a meaningful message in 30-60 seconds. And sometimes you get lucky, like I did this week when I dug a little bit into the background of a recent Geico … Continue reading Music Monday: A Hidden Gem Discovered in a Geico Commercial

My College Students Keep Me Young…

One of the benefits of being around college students all the time is that I have a better chance of being up-to-date on pop culture. And today's class was a perfect example. I had asked students to go into their Zoom breakout rooms and to come up with a list of people or companies who … Continue reading My College Students Keep Me Young…

Music Monday: The Linda Lindas – Punk Is Alive and Well in the U.S.

The Linda Lindas, a young, half-Asian, half-Latinx group comprised of two sisters (Lucia,14 and Mila,10), their cousin (Eloise,13), and close friend (Bela,16), recently performed their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” at the Los Angeles Public Library. The song went viral, collecting nearly 4 million views on Twitter. The clip opens with Mila introducing the song, which … Continue reading Music Monday: The Linda Lindas – Punk Is Alive and Well in the U.S.

Music Monday: Promising Country Band “Bexar”

I was in the mood for discovering an up-and-coming country artist, and Google did not disappoint. I typed in "rising country music stars" and the first result was from the web site Sounds Like Nashville with an article titled HERE ARE 17 NEW COUNTRY ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2021. I started scrolling through the list … Continue reading Music Monday: Promising Country Band “Bexar”

Music Monday: Eye of the Tiger – Then and Now

It seems like I'm stuck in a series of Philly-based blog posts, with some recent posts focused on Wawa and the dangerous Roosevalt Boulevard. So perhaps it's no surprise that this week's Music Monday has a Philly connection. The song is Eye of the Tiger, which was the theme song for the film Rocky III … Continue reading Music Monday: Eye of the Tiger – Then and Now

Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs

Once again, I'm just the messenger, interpreting what I read. So feel free to take the following study with a grain of salt. Researchers at Ohio State University looked into the song structure of 303 top 10 hits, both modern and dating back to the 80s, hoping to discover how pop music has changed in … Continue reading Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs

Music Monday: Small Town Hypocrisy

It's funny how these blog posts sometimes come together. As part of my blog yesterday about my confirmation song from over 50 years ago (I Just Can't Wait Till May 3rd), I wanted to compare my songwriting abilities to some of the great songwriters (of course I would), and one of the names that I … Continue reading Music Monday: Small Town Hypocrisy

🎵 I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd 🎵

Date: May 3, 1967 Location: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Bridgeport, PA Occasion: the Sacrament of Confirmation Featuring: Fourth Grade students, including nine-year old Jimmy Borden It used to be a big day for kids in Catholic School back in the 1960s - the day you were going to get confirmed. These days, with the dwindling … Continue reading 🎵 I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd 🎵

Forget All That and Just Wail

You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” - Jazz great Charlie Parker And so it is with many things in life, as illustrated with the most recent Pinkcast from Dan Pink. In this episode, … Continue reading Forget All That and Just Wail