Category Archives: music

Happy 100th birthday, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

JAC: Mirabile dictu—we’re having two contributions by Matthew Cobb today. But that is only meet since I’m reading his entire book to furnish him with a blub. (How about this one: “Life’s Greatest Secret is, in the end, no worse than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick”?) Actually, the book is excellent and you should […]

“Don’t Know Why”

Norah Jones‘s (b. 1979) real name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, and it’s well known that she’s the daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker (her mother was Sue Jones). When I first heard this song in 2002, on her Come Away with Me album, I was blown away. It’s a beautiful jazz-infused song, with only five […]

Cat scratches woman! Taylor Swift’s cat injured her $40 million legs

Here’s some rare celebrity gossip on this site, posted because it involves a celebrity-scratching cat. Taylor Swift is reportedly getting her legs insured for forty million dollars. Although I didn’t believe that because it was reported by The National Enquirer, the Instagram photo and caption below, showing a scratch made by her cat Meredith, either substantiates that rumor or mocks it. […]

“Long River”

This poignant song, on Gordon Lightfoot’s best album, the 1965 “Lightfoot!,” resembles “Sixteen Miles” as a requiem for lost love in a cabin in the wilderness. But it’s not, as one reader has maintained, a clone of that song (that miscreant reader falsely claimed that all Lightfoot songs sound the same!). “Long River” was composed by Lightfoot.

Sixteen Miles

We’re continuing right on along with the songs from Gordon Lightfoot’s 1966 album Lightfoot!, I realized that most of the songs on that album fall into two categories: 1) Lightfoot spurning a woman, and 2) A woman spurning Lightfoot. Today’s song, one of my favorites on the album, falls into class 2. “Sixteen Miles (to Seven Lakes)” […]

Pride of Man

We continue on with the songs of Gordon Lightfoot from his first (and best) album “Lightfoot!“, released in 1966. “Pride of Man,” was written by Hamilton Camp (1934-2005), and is one of only three cuts on the album not composed by Lightfoot. It’s religious—almost like the book of Deuteronomy set to music—but it’s still a great song.

The Way I Feel

I haven’t forgotten about Gordon Lightfoot week; but the songs may appear episodically. We’re listening to music from his first and greatest album, Lightfoot!, which came out in 1966, when I was a junior in high school. “The Way I Feel,” a moving lament for broken love, uses the nature similes common in Lightfoot songs. And notice […]

Caturday felid: Gusiversary!

Today happens to be exactly one year since reader Carol Piller adopted Gus the snow-white cat, a cat deliberately trapped in an outdoor cage last winter by a miscreant, and who, as a result, lost most of his ears to frostbite. But after the local humane society rescued him, Gus found a loving home, and has now […]

Lightfoot! I. For Loving Me

I don’t have the statistics, but I suspect that, given its population, Canada has produced more great singers and songwriters per capita, both in folk and pop music, than the U.S. There’s Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Leonard Cohen, the McGarrigle sisters, Sarah McLaughlan, and on and on. And of course there’s Gordon Lightfoot (b. […]

My Back Pages

Here’s ensemble of rock greats at Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert in 1992 (!). The split screen is annoying, but this is the best version I can embed. No twerking, no flames, no flashing lights, no dancing M&Ms:  just fantastic music—and great solos by Clapton and Young. If you don’t know who everyone is, you need to bone up. […]


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