Category Archives: music

“And When I Die”

I pondered long and hard which music to put up —I limited myself to one song—in memory of my friend Kenny.  We had so many that we loved, for our musical tastes were almost completely congruent. In the end, I chose the version of “And When I Die” performed by its writer, the fantastically talented Laura Nyro, who […]

“Say You Love Me”

While I’m writing a post on the intelligence of Caledonian crows, wake yourself up with some java and a listen to Christine McVie performing “Say You Love Me”  (a song she wrote in the early ’70s) with Fleetwood Mac. (I heard this on my iPod on the walk to work.) I particularly like Lindsey Buckingham’s short […]

Caturday felid: “Methinks it is like a catcerto”

Today we have a rare guest Caturday felid; I can’t remember one since I started this site five years ago (has it really been that long?). So here’s Greg’s contribution, which shows a concerto (“Catcerto”) composed by Mindaugas Piecaitis to embellish and complement the playing of Nora the famous piano-playing cat. (The score for “Catcerto” can […]

Musical interlude

Here’s The Pretenders’ best song (and one of my favorite rockers), “Don’t get me wrong” with the inimitable Chrissie Hynde, who wrote the whole thing. I love the largely monotonic background (or whatever it’s called; I’m sure some music buff will explain). The song’s origin is explained by Hynde on Wikipedia: Hynde stated in the […]

The biggest piece of Egnorance yet

I try not to engage in back-and-forth internet squabbles, but sometimes I’m drawn in against will (or my better judgement). Sometimes I’m like Maru, who famously said, “When I see a box, I must enter.” Here’s a box. Michael Egnor, an intelligent-design flak whose website is subtitled “Opinions and musings on religion, philosophy, science, politics, […]

The Million Dollar Quartet

In one of my rare forays into the real world, I went to a musical last night: “The Million Dollar Quartet,” which has been playing in Chicago for several years. You may know the backstory, which is detailed in Wikipedia: “Million Dollar Quartet” is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry […]

Pete Seeger dies at 94

According to the New York Times, Pete Seeger died just a few hours ago of “natural causes” at New York-Presbyterian hospital. He was 94. The Times’s obituary, obviously written in advance, is very good, and all I can do is highlight briefly his accomplishments as a singer, songwriter, political activist, and inspiration to us activists […]

Birthday song—pour moi

A reader and a German/French friend in Berlin, a professional harpsichordist, made me a special “music video” for my birthday—and I forgot to post it! Fortunately, the music, unlike Professor Ceiling Cat, is ageless. Her description of the song and the performance follow: This Birthday Music for you is by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Scarlatti had a […]

Phil Everly died

Given the older demographic here, I suspect many of you will remember the Everly brothers—Don and Phil—whose wonderful and influential harmonies reached us through records and car radios in the late Fifties and Early Sixties. (Many of us in fact learned harmony by singing along to songs like “Devoted to You”.) According to The Washington […]

The Way it Is

Bruce Hornsby (b. 1954) has apparently had a prolific music career, but only one big hit—but it was a great one. He’s dear to my heart because he was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I went to college, and performed in town until the late 70s (I never heard him live). His big hit, from […]


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