Category Archives: music

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. […]

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

People decry the popular music of the 1980s, and in general they’re right. But there are exceptions, and this song, by the British group Tears for Fears, is one. Released in 1985, it rose to #1 on the U.S.’s Billboard Hot 100 chart and got the award for Britain’s best single in 1986. It was the […]

Dr. Wu

I’ve put up my two favorite Steely Dan songs before, but I heard favorite on my iPod while walking in to work, and thought I’d share it.  Anybody who wants to guess what it means is welcome to comment, for I have no fricking clue what it’s about, though drugs are clearly involved. (Typical of Dan […]

Tai Tomar Anando Amar Por

One of the highlights of my trip so far has been a visit to Shantiniketan, the “university” founded by the the polymathic poet/artist/novelist/playwright/songwriter/educator Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Tagore came from a wealthy family of landowners, and many of his relatives were renowned artists. But Rabrindranath was by far the most famous. He took up painting at the age of 60 (producing […]

A birthday song (and photo)

Reader Natalie, a professional harpsichordist, performed a birthday song for me: “The Fly,” which appears on YouTube with the following note: After “Le Moucheron” by François Couperin (1668-1733) It is cold in Europe today. The fly settled on my hand and expected me to play slowly so it wouldn’t fall off. Be sure to listen all the […]

RIP Joe Cocker

When I returned from Calcutta yesterday, I was shocked to learn from my CNN news feed that Joe Cocker had died. He was only 70, but the BBC reports that he died from lung cancer, so I suspect he was a smoker. (This was the same malady that killed George Harrison—born a year earlier than Cocker—at […]

Something Christmassy

by Grania Here’s a little something from my favorite a capella group Pentatonix, a young group of talented singers from the States who not only arrange compositions in delightfully creative ways, but also do incredibly inventive things with very modern, nightclub-sounding tracks. Here’s the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and Carol of the Bells […]

“I Want You Back”

Wake up!  Here’s a song that’s almost as good as coffee. Michael Jackson was already a performing genius back in 1969 when this song was released. Jackson was only 11, but look at the guy sing and dance! His talent was huge even then. Written by the group called “The Corporation”, comprising  Motown founder Berry Gordy as well […]


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