Category Archives: Music History

Can You Come Out To Play In Your Empty Garden?

For many years I have been familiar with the song Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny), which was a moderate hit for Elton John in 1982, peaking at #13 on the Hot 100 and making the Year End chart for that … Continue reading

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Making A Virtue Out Of Bad Chemistry

One of the expectations that people have of songs, especially those songs that portray a couple, is that there is chemistry between the couple. Chemistry is a funny thing, and sometimes people don’t have it to somewhat laughable and extreme … Continue reading

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Last Train Home

The first single of the upcoming album SOB Rock by John Mayer has a bit of a strange pedigree to it. A few months ago the first segment of the song was released to widespread interest among the musical community … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now

Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, by Barry Miles This book is about as close to an autobiography that one could expect of Paul McCartney’s life, and though it only covers the period up to the breakup of the Beatles, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McCartney: The Life

Paul McCartney: The Life, by Philip Norman By and large (and this book is large, at more than 800 pages), this is an enjoyable book to read if you are fond of the Beatles and especially Paul McCartney. This book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McCartney: A Life

Paul McCartney: A Life, by Peter Ames Carlin Paul McCartney is an interesting figure and this book does a good job at looking at his life in such a way that the reader who has an interest in the history … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For The Development Of DIY Charts

While there have been websites that have catered to subjective personal charts, most of these were merely charts based on favoritism and there was not the provision of a large amount of data to allow the development of charts that … Continue reading

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A Short Line From There To Here: The Music Charts Of The 1990’s

I first became an active chartwatcher during the mid-1990’s when I was a teenager. During the time there was a strange disconnect between the charts and the music that was actually being consumed. This is by no means a new … Continue reading

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What Is History To You Is Memory To Someone Else

One of the more frequent asymmetric aspects of our lives is the way that what is history to us is memory to someone else. And, if we are older, what is history to someone else will be memory for us. … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti is the sort of artist whose influence is undeniable, but whose music is not necessarily mainstream in the United States. This is the sort of act whose music and whose approach sits across a great many of the … Continue reading

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