Once again, a shout out to Coti Howell at Nashville Noise for providing me with the inspiration for another Music Monday. This past week, Coti wrote about the new album just released by the Dixie Chicks, Gaslighter, which features their latest hit single of the same name. I have to admit I don't know much … Continue reading Music Monday: The Dixie Chicks Come Roaring Back
I've been writing my Music Monday column for about a year and a half, and it's been a chance for me to share the music of both my favorite artists as well of artists that are new to me. Since my family reads my blog posts (well at least they tell me they do), I … Continue reading Music Monday: Do You Know Your Parents’ Favorite Music?
Harry Chapin is one of the all-time great singer-songwriters who died way too young. One of my first blog posts five years ago ever was about Harry, and it remains one of my favorite posts. If you don't know much about Harry, that post can get you up to speed. It was my future wife … Continue reading Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself
Maybe I'm just lazy. I think I have enough favorite music from the late 60s and 70s to get me through the rest of my life. Plus, many of the artists from back then continued to put out great albums for years, and sometimes decades, later. (one example, of course, is Bruce Springsteen). I'll admit … Continue reading Music Monday: Music with a Message
Of course you do. Who would answer no to any of those questions? But how to get such improvements is the issue. There are the usual suspects - such as exercise, diet, and stress management. But an article in today's Wall Street Journal by Andrea Petersen offered a different suggestion. Friendship. That's right, friendship offers … Continue reading Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?
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
After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen
It's taken nearly 40 years, but I finally have a worthy competitor as my answer to the question, "What's your favorite movie?" Since 1981, it has always been Chariots of Fire, a British historical drama film that tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who … Continue reading Blinded by the Awesomeness
Proving that they weren't just flashes in the pan, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen returned to the top of the Billboard Charts with their newest albums this week. The last time these two held the top two spots was back in 1985, when Springsteen was on top with "Born in the USA" and Madonna held the … Continue reading Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump
I know, it's not necessarily the most uplifting of topics to write about, but it's amazing what ideas pop into your head when you've got a deadline. I recently wrote about the best songs to accompany graduation, and so I started thinking about other major life events where music can play a key role. My … Continue reading Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral