Category Archives: music

Angel

I missed Canada Day on Tuesday (it’s July 1)! But I believe I did post a Canadian singer then: the incomparable Sarah McLachlan. Apologies to my friends up north, even if they do install the toilet paper backwards. To make reparations, I’m posting another great song by McLachlan: the famous “Angel,” recorded in 1997 and performed […]

I Will Remember You

Whatever happened to Sarah McLachlan? I suppose she’s out there still singing like an angel, but I don’t hear much of or from her. Of course, I barely listen to the radio any more.  But I did hear this song, which reminded me of an old friend, and so wanted to share her live performance (she’s […]

Meanwhile, over at Carole King’s Twi**er feed. . .

. . . all sorts of musicians are weighing in on Gerry Goffin’s death. I didn’t know some of them even had Twi**er accounts. And the messages are saddening: And she put up this: Goffin and King’s second-best song. Can you recognize the other singers?  

RIP Gerry Goffin

Oh dear. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll know Gerry Goffin as one of the famous “Brill Building” songwriters in New York, who, with Carole King, penned many of the pop hits of the early Sixties. This was the music I grew up with, and now I’m told by  the New York Times that Goffin passed […]

The schlockiest songs of all time?

I’m still thin on the ground and can’t brain: I’m revising the last chapter of my book, teaching all afternoon, and have precious little time left for posting. Mea culpa.  Fortunately, readers still send me items, some of which are worth mentioning. One, from reader Barry, is this deeply misguided list from Vulture of the “150 […]

Deeper than the Holler

We’re lucky to be living in the exact era when we can hear, live, the greatest male voice that country music has ever produced. I’m referring, of course, to Randy Travis (b. 1959). He’s not the best male country musician who ever lived, for he doesn’t write many of the songs he sings, and he’s […]

The Boss + Bach

For some reason I listened to these two song and decided to post them together. The first is a classic by The Boss, who, I might add, is only two months older than I am. He’s one of those similar-aged public figures, like Meryl Streep, by whom I gauge how well I’m ageing. (I’m not […]

Send in the Clowns

Oh, and I forgot a little morning music. I’m not a huge fan of Stephen Sondheim (in fact, I’m not a fan at all); perhaps I’m just one of those philistines who likes the musicals of yore: Camelot, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, and so on—and not the rarefied musicals for intellectuals. It seems to me […]

Still moar Joni

Don’t expect intellectual fireworks today; if you knew what’s on my plate, you’d be grateful just for pictures of cats. To finish off the week, here are three of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs, all from the “For the Roses” album, and all, to my mind, underappreciated compared to her other songs. They’re all cuts from the […]

Moar Joni

This half-hour video of Joni Mitchell is from a BBC special in 1970, when she was only 27, yet already a hugely accomplished singer/songwriter. Why is she the best? It’s the combination of skills, one that not even Bob Dylan had. She could write fantastically complex and inventive songs (often about her loves ["My Old […]

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