Category Archives: Music History

What Kind Of World Do You Want?

I have commented before on the music of Five For Fighting both explicitly [1] and implicitly [2], but one of the biggest hits the singer/songwriter had was a pleasant little tune called “World” where he asked the listener “what kind … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Beck

Can a one-hit wonder be an obvious snub for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?  Absolultely, if you’re talking about Beck.  A stylistic chameleon who kept on seeking to show diverse facets of his complex musical persona throughout a … Continue reading

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A Preliminary Defense Of The Jets’ You’ve Got It All

One of the consistent patterns of song reviewing is that a certain set of songs consistently receives a lot of hate by those who review music in given years.  One of those songs happens to be one I greatly enjoy … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Lenny Kravitz

If you grew up as a fan of rock & roll in the nineties and oughts, there are likely a lot of Lenny Kravitz songs you know.  Perhaps you know his work with other labelmates like Sheryl Crow or Mick … Continue reading

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Life Among The Stans

If you want to see a community full of a narrow jargon and low intellectual and rational capability, there are few better communities to watch than stans of various musicians.  As someone who spends too much of my limited time … Continue reading

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The Water Is Wide

Sometimes it is best to tell a story by going backwards, and that is what I will do today.  Recently, I and two others were asked to prepare ourselves for an offertory piece of music for Pentecost, and though we … Continue reading

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I Need A Little Church

A few days ago, as I was looking through my You Tube video suggestions, I saw that sister act Aly & AJ had a new music video that I had never seen.  While I have been fond of their music … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Sheryl Crow

Although I have been a fan of Sheryl Crow’s since her solo debut in Tuesday Night Music Club, and later on I realized that I had been somewhat familiar with her thanks to her work as a backup vocalist for … Continue reading

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Above And Beyond

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, still living in honor dorms there, my roommate at the time turned me on to an obscure Bee Gees album that was largely neglected in the United States … Continue reading

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Is That Country Enough For You: Old Town Road And The Gatekeeper Problem

From time to time I write about the problem of gatekeeping and some of the finesse it requires and some of the controversies that result from it [1].  As long as there is prestige to be gained for being “in” … Continue reading

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