Category Archives: music

Amazing music machine with marbles

This stunning machine was invented and produced by Martin Molin, a Swedish vibraphone player. It’s fricking stupendous: a tour de force of imagination, technology, and mesmerizing sound. Makery describes its inception (excerpts from the article are indented): The good thing about Sweden in winter is that the sun sets early—which gives you plenty of time to […]

“Oh Shenandoah”

I was going to do an anti-Trump post about how Republicans are trying to sell 3.3 million acres of public land, but screw it: let’s have some music. There’s plenty of malfeasance to come, and I don’t want to devote too many posts to what you can read in the newspapers. “Oh Shenandoah”, an old […]

Butch Trucks dies at 69

Unless you’re an Allman Brothers fan, as I am (or rather, was), you probably haven’t heard of Butch Trucks, but he was one of the co-founders of—and, along with Jaimoe, a main drummer for—the greatest “southern rock” band of all time, and in the top five of my greatest bands of any kind. His real […]

Glen Campbell: guitarist extraordinaire

Nosing about YouTube the other day, I came across the first video below showing Glen Campbell playing one of his most famous songs, written by John Hartford. (Can you identify the other country greats onstage?). I was amazed at the quality of his solo beginning at 1:25, but then discovered that his great picking is […]

Holiday music

There’s no room for most people to brain today since all the blood has been diverted from the brain to the stomach, so let’s have some holiday music.  The first six songs were contributed by Grania (her notes are indented), starting off with an unusual one-take performance of “Sleigh Ride” by Nataly Dawn and Clara C: […]

An evening with Linda Ronstadt

Reader Chris Bonds wrote me that he was going to attend a presentation by singer Linda Ronstadt at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Thursday. I asked him to let me know how it went, and he provided a detailed report. I asked permission to post it here, which he kindly provided; I know a lot […]

Paul McCartney plays “Hey Jude” at the White House, with a wonderful ending

Courtesy of Society of Rock, we have a performance of Paul McCartney at the White House. The occasion was his getting the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2010 (the prize was first awarded in 2007, and other recipients have been Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, […]

“You make my dreams come true”

I’ve thought I’d put up this song before, but I can’t seem to find it. At any rate, “You Make My Dreams (Come True)”, first released by Daryl Hall and John Oates in 1980, is one of the great rockers of all time—a great dancing song. Instead of the original (second link), here are two versions performed […]

Leonard Cohen dies at 82

Truth be told, I was never a big fan of Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen. Nor did I dislike him—I was pretty much indifferent. His music simply didn’t turn me on, I didn’t care for his voice, and the only song I really enjoyed (and that to a limited extent) was “Suzanne”—but only the Judy Collins version. That […]

“Blackbird”—Sarah McLachlan

After Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for Literature the other day, a few grad school buddies and I had an animated discussion over whether he deserved it (most said “yes”). But I also argued that had Lennon and McCartney both been alive, they would have equally deserved the prize for literature. When someone sardonically […]