Category Archives: History

Give Us American Money

In comparing Guam and the Virgin Islands, it is worth noting that the Virgin Islands are a far more commonly visited place as far as tourism is concerned than Guam is among American citizens, but Guam has a lot of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Heaven & Hell

Heaven & Hell, by Ava Max Long before the release of this album, Ava Max was the sort of artist that one would be concerned about ending up as a one-hit wonder. She broke into the mainstream with the hit … Continue reading

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It Shall Be A Blessing

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the United Church of God congregation in the Dalles on Sabbath, June 11, 2022 and in Portland, Oregon on Sabbath, June 18th, 2022.] I would like to begin today’s … Continue reading

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On The Boundaries Of Yacht Rock

There are some genres that people choose the name of and boundaries themselves, but yacht rock is clearly an exonym. As someone who has listened to a fair amount of music labeled as yacht rock and even watched an entertaining … Continue reading

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Album Review: Harry’s House

Harry’s House, by Harry Styles What does it mean to be a pop star in 2022? Since One Direction went on hiatus a few years ago, Harry Styles has released three solo albums, all of which have been immensely successful, … Continue reading

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Album Review: Tapestry

Tapestry, by Carole King What is it that makes an album a classic? While I remember many of the songs of this album from my childhood, I remember it was not too many years ago when I finally listened to … Continue reading

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Album Review: Twelve Carat Toothache

Twelve Carat Toothache, by Post Malone Fame is not kind to artists. For an artist to remain popular there are a lot of things that need to go right, not all of which are in the control of the artist. … Continue reading

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Album Review: Confessions

Confessions, by Usher (Expanded Version) By the early 2000’s, Usher had been an important figure in R&B for several years since his debut in the 1990’s, and while he was never one of my own favorite artists, he certainly had … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes, by Kate Bush During the time after the release of The Sensual World, Kate Bush wanted to create an album that she could tour in support of, given that much of her relatively recent music up to … Continue reading

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Album Review: Breakfast In America

Breakfast In America, by Supertramp In 1979, after having released 5 studio albums in the course of nearly a decade, the group Supertramp released their magnum opus after months of recording and mixing, Breakfast In America. Mixing accessible and upbeat … Continue reading

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