In Mystery Train, Greil Marcus claims the origins of rock n’ roll “can be heard every time a rocker’s secret smile breaks open.” I agree. Good music has humor or hilarity. Even if morose or dark, a good song makes me smile, by […]
“Imagine how you can do what you love in life to undo what you hate.” This kind of plain speaking is the reason Jubilee works for our days. Loving-kindness is best when it’s served in a heap. Trying clutters […]
A friend said recently that the Rolling Stones’ albums from 1968-1972 is the strongest run of consecutive records in music. We’re talking Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street. A great bunch of albums, but […]
A good one to put on and listen all-the-way-through. I think this is my favorite pop album of 2010, so far. Piano-driven soul with bounce, horns too, and tremendous vocal focus.
“The blues singers accepted the dread but refused the piety; they sang as if their understanding of the devil was strong enough to force a belief in God out of their own lives. They lived man’s fear of life, and […]
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