Monthly Archives: December 2021

Run Over From Both Sides

Yesterday I wrote a praise of the unpopular middleman and discussed some of the ways that brokers served essential roles in a world full of imperfect information and imperfect correspondence between those who want what others have to offer and … Continue reading

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Album Review: So (Peter Gabriel)

So, by Peter Gabriel After releasing several albums that featured well-regarded but not particularly popular songs (although, it must be admitted, several of them became classics), this album featured the popular breakthrough for Peter Gabriel onto the mainstream charts. While … Continue reading

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In Praise Of The Middleman

It is easy to find people maligning the middleman. It is by no means a new historical phenomenon. Whether one is looking at insurance agents in the contemporary world of health care, or Jews in medieval Europe, or the Chinese … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969-1973)

The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969-1973), by Emitt Rhodes This particular two-cd collection of songs by the obscure but vitally important singer-songwriter-producer Emitt Rhodes costs a ridiculous amount of money to buy in physical copies. However, it now appears on Spotify, … Continue reading

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Somewhere Outside You And I Both

One of the people I interact the most with is someone whose views on music are diametrically opposed to mine. This is not necessarily a bad thing–it can be highly entertaining to engage with people whose tastes are wildly different … Continue reading

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Album Review: Timeless…The Musical Legacy (Badfinger)

Timeless…The Musical Legacy, by Badfinger I have to say that Badfinger is one of my favorite musical acts of all time. A Welsh power pop group that was mentored by the Beatles (and received some songs and musical assistance from … Continue reading

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Where’s Your Sense Of Adventure

One of the things I like to do when there is a bit of winter weather is to talk around a bit. This may seem like an odd sort of habit for someone who finds mobility as painful as I … Continue reading

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EP Review: Rhino Hi-Five: Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Rhino Hi-Five: Crosby, Stills, & Nash Crosby, Stills, & Nash were an early and well-regarded folk-rock supergroup that are responsible for a great deal of excellent songs in a career that extended for many years. Rhino has tried their usual … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To Amanda Marshall?

For a variety of reasons, I find myself fond of the music of a variety of artists who had a brief and slight degree of popularity and then for a variety of reasons never found themselves again in the public … Continue reading

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The Fuzzy Boundaries Of Legalism

When one looks at the definitions of legalism, one runs into a variety of issues. A word like legalism gets thrown around rather easily, and depending on the context one is using, a lot of different things can be meant. … Continue reading

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