Category Archives: Music History

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

When I think of Soundgarden, a few thoughts come to mind.  For one, there is Chris Cornell’s fantastic singing voice along with some driving guitars.  For another, I think of their songs, especially “Black Hole Sun,” their classic alternative hit … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Dream About Lightning Bugs:  A Life Of Music And Cheap Lessons, by Ben Folds From at least high school I have been somewhat fond of the music of Ben Folds, whether it has been with his pop-rock trio Ben … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sounds Like Me

Sounds Like Me:  My Life (So Far) In Song, by Sara Bareilles I must admit that while I occasionally like some of her music that I did not know a great deal about the life of the author.  And while … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Paula Abdul

I don’t think anyone considers Paula Abdul the most technically accomplished of singers, although she was for some time one of the judges of American Idol where she was subjected to a lot of pitchy singing from people who sought … Continue reading

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The Island That Loves Michael Bolton

One of the more odd aspects of my time here in St. Vincent so far is the way that the island has shown itself to be fans of Michael Bolton.  How is this so?  Let me recount the ways.  A … Continue reading

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Book Review: O Sing Unto The Lord

O Sing Unto The Lord:  A History Of English Church Music, by Andrew Grant This book was a look at the sort of history that I must admit that I am not very familiar with, the history of the music … Continue reading

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Book Review: Language Of The Spirit

Language Of The Spirit, by Jan Swafford This book was immensely disappointing, but for reasons that are not entirely surprising.  The author is a contemporary composer who wants to increase the legitimacy of his fellows in the classical music repertoire, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace:  The Story Of America’s Most Beloved Song, by Steve Turner There are very few songs that are worthy of a book, much less the sort of lovingly crafted and meticulously researched book that this one is, but Amazing … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Eddie Money

Eddie Money is an artist I have long had a lot of respect for.  Even if his music was not very flamboyant and even if he tended to be a pretty standard rocker in an age that was known for … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Peter Frampton

There are a variety of groups that I tend to write about here in this particular series.  Some acts have a staggering degree of longevity of success and such obvious influence on other musical acts that makes it truly baffling … Continue reading

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