Category Archives: music

Buffalo Springfield Week, IV: “Expecting to Fly”

“Expecting to Fly” is clearly a song written by Neil Young, and, for once, he (rather than Richie Furay) got to sing it—on the 1967 “Buffalo Springfield Again” album. Produced by the multitalented Jack Nitzsche (1937-2000), who played keyboard on the album, it features only Young, harmonizing with himself along with a full orchestral backing: the rest of […]

Buffalo Springfield Week; III. “Bluebird”

In my dotage I forgot to post a song from this series yesterday, but let’s press on. Any real “rocker” song from Buffalo Springfield was probably composed by Stephen Stills. And this is his best of that genre from the group: “Bluebird,” which appeared on the classic “Buffalo Springfield Again” (1967). That album also has his […]

Buffalo Springfield Week: “Flying on the Ground is Wrong”

Buffalo Springfield, one of my favorite bands of all time, lasted just a few years (1966-1968) and produced but three albums. But their influence on music was profound—if for no other reason than that the band helped mold the later careers of both Stephen Stills and Neil Young. But the Springfield’s songs stand on their own: things of beauty—as […]

Neil Young live at the BBC

The BBC concerts are some of the best live performances I’ve seen, and here’s a wonderful half hour with Neil Young, the dark man in the plaid shirt. This was in 1971, when Young was only 26. (Did you know that his middle name is “Percival”?) My three favorites in this performance are “Out on the Weekend,” (the […]

Songs the Beatles never recorded but were hits for others

It’s not widely known, except perhaps among Beatlephiles, that Lennon and McCartney wrote several songs they never recorded, with several of them becoming huge hits for other groups. Here, for example, is a song that readers of a certain age will remember: “Bad to Me” by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. Written by John Lennon, it was […]

Tenor sings opera during craniotomy

Reader Gijs sent me this today, with the note “I’ve never sent you anything to post about and I wouldn’t be offended if you didn’t post this. But I couldn’t think of a better audience to view this video than your audience. If this doesn’t bring a tear to one’s eye I don’t know what will.” I […]

The Staves: “Chicago”

We haven’t heard from The Staves in a while, but here’s a lovely and plaintive song, written and first recorded by Sufijan Stevens, about my home town. Sufijean’s many (and diverse) live versions on YouTube are good, but I love the Staves’s harmony: Steven’s version as performed on Austin City Limits. Don’t ask me why everyone’s […]

“Deep River”

My post of this song two years ago included a YouTube video that no longer exists, so let me repost what I find the most moving of all spirituals—a genre brought to mind by Ben Goren’s comment earlier today. Here is “Deep River,” sung by Paul Robeson, whose voice always makes the hair stand up on […]

Warwick: “I’ll never love this way again,” and lagniappe

I’ve just eaten a stupendous lunch of crawfish étoufée, crawfish pie, and rice, and so I’m full as a tick and mellow as hell. Is there music that will help me digest? I think I’ve found two songs, and they’re a good way to start the weekend. In December of this year Dionne Warwick will turn 75, but […]

Open thread: Youtube algorithms and music

by Grania Youtube has collated me a list called My Mix: Synthpop. My first thought was “I don’t listen to synthpop” and then “I don’t actually know what synthpop is”. I don’t think Youtube does either. But nevertheless, it ever so often puts together lists of stuff that I have listened to and gives them […]


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