Category Archives: Music History

Core Curriculum: Styx

Today I would like to begin my core curriculum series by looking at the music of Styx and pondering what songs of theirs are part of their core material that need to be understood if one wants to figure out … Continue reading

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Album Review: Classics: Volume 15

Classics:  Volume 15, by Styx As someone who is by no means unfamiliar with the music of Styx and especially their greatest hits compilations, this particular cd is a compilation that the band’s second label, A&M Records, put together for … Continue reading

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Album Review: Best Of Styx

Best Of Styx, by Styx It sometimes happens, as is the case here, where a band toils in relative obscurity for some years, building up their craft and developing themselves, in a minor label with minimal popular success and then … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Best Of Styx: The Millennium Collection

The Best Of Styx:  The Millennium Collection, by Styx As is the case with many legacy rock & roll acts who first became big in the 1970’s or 1980’s, Styx has a lot of best of compilations, and I chose … Continue reading

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Book Review: Me (Elton John)

Me, by Elton John I think this book adequately expresses how Elton John wishes for the reader to think about him and his career.  I can’t say that I particularly appreciate his approach to life and find him to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, by Elvis Costello Why does this book exist?  Like many people, I am familiar with Elvis Costello mainly for his very rare popular hits in the United States, especially “Alison” and “Every Day I Write … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rod: The Autobiography

Rod:  The Autobiography, by Rod Stewart I have to admit that Rod Stewart ends up having been a more interesting figure in music history and a more ambivalent one than I would have guessed going into this.  Without ever having … Continue reading

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Album Review: Best Beethoven 50

Best Beethoven 50, by various artists It is sometimes fascinating to ponder best of and greatest hits compilations for classical artists [1], and this three-disk compilation provides an interesting picture of what Warner Classic believes is the best material of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Haydn: Symphonies #82, 84

Haydn:  Symphonies #82 & 84, by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra It is interesting to note that in the cosmopolitan world of the eighteenth century a talented and prolific composer like Haydn can be a patriotic Austrian composer–so patriotic he … Continue reading

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Album Review: Haydn: Symphonies # 44, 45, & 49

Haydn:  Symphonies #44, 45, & 49 I must admit that while I listen to a fair amount of classical music that occasionally I find myself listening to music from labels or at least imprints that are unfamiliar to me, and … Continue reading

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