Category Archives: music

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 […]

“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 […]

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