Category Archives: music

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 […]

Bob Dylan gets Nobel Prize for literature!!!!

Well knock me over with a feather: this is something that NOBODY expected, and of course no reader guessed in the contest. My CNN Newsfeed reports this: Bob Dylan is awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy says. The Wall Street Journal adds this: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to musician […]

A spontaneous rendition of “Over the Rainbow” on an Aussie train

The video below shows a bunch of passengers on a commuter train in Perth, Australia being incited to sing “Over the Rainbow”—the wonderful ukelele version by Israel (“Iz”) Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole. And many of the passengers joined in. Now this is not an attempt to ask for money, which would have been my first thought had I been […]

First pop songs composed (semi)-entirely by a computer

From Fact Magazine comes the first pop songs composed entirely by computer using artificial intelligence (AI) programs. Now of course the machine had to be programmed; otherwise it would just emit random combinations of sounds and noises. And, as Turing predicted, it couldn’t write comprehensible lyrics, either; those came from a human. As the site notes: […]