The past few days have seen many musical tributes in honor of 9/11, so I thought I would add my own. The Rising appeared on an album of the same name that Bruce Springsteen created shortly after 9/11. Based in large part on Springsteen's reflections during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the album … Continue reading Music Monday: A Song for 9/11
Being disinvited to the party of the year. I'm talking about the recent 60th birthday party bash that was recently held at Martha's Vineyard for former President Barack Obama. Originally, the guest list included 475 people, but then with the growing spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, people were concerned with both the … Continue reading What’s Worse Than Not Being Invited to the Party of the Year?
It's my favorite song of all time, and I sing along with it every time I hear it. In fact, one of my blog posts features the one and only solo singing performance of my life. In case you missed it (it's from 2017, so most readers have not seen it), here it is again: … Continue reading Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later
The other day I wrote a post about how I was in a rut with my blog, feeling like I had run out of ideas. But then a few bloggers responded with some suggestions, and this post is a direct result of one of those suggestions. Two separate bloggers (Searching for a Side Hustle with … Continue reading Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!
I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears
It's been a while since I wrote about one of Seth Godin's blog posts, even though I read it every day. It seems like many of his posts are a variation on a common set of themes. Since I have read so many of his posts over the years, I often recognize what the thrust … Continue reading Another Hat Tip to Seth Godin
Over five years ago, I wrote a post that included videos of Bruce Springsteen playing one of his classic songs, Thundercrack, 39 years apart. In that post I wrote the following: It’s fascinating to watch someone perform the same song, 39 years apart. What’s even more amazing is to notice that Bruce still has the … Continue reading Music Monday: Cat Stevens, Then and Now
Let's just cut right to the chase. Anyone who knows even just a little about me can probably guess what my all-time favorite Christmas song is. As a hint, the song just happens to also be sung by my favorite musical artist. You guessed it - Santa Claus is Comin' to Town by Bruce Sprinsgteen … Continue reading Music Monday: And My Number One Christmas Song Is…
I was reading one of my favorite blogs earlier today - Nashville Noise - and there was a story about singer-songwriter Will Payne Harrison. According to a previous story about Harrison in Nashville Noise, he’s "got a diverse musical background that includes traditional cajun music, Louisiana blues, New Orleans brass bands, “swamp pop” and Zydeco. … Continue reading Music Monday: A Tribute to Songs About Caroline (with no link to a video of Sweet Caroline!)
I’m guessing most people reading this are familiar with the smash hit from Meat Loaf in 1977, Paradise by the Dashboard Light. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is one of the longest songs to be released uncut on one side of a 45 RPM record. The only difference between the single (45 RPM) and album … Continue reading Music Monday: Meat Loaf Mania