Category Archives: Music History

Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Boyz II Men

If there is any old school trend in music that I would like to see a lot more of, it would be the classy and retro New Jack Swing of the early 1990’s [1].  Boyz II Men were a big … Continue reading

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Book Review: Amadeus

Amadeus, by Peter Shaffer Those people who are familiar with the noted 1980’s biopic of the same name may not be familiar with the fact that Amadeus was a stage play before it was a screen adaptation.  There is a … Continue reading

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Human After All

Throughout their career, Daft Punk has played up their own robotic tendencies, disguising themselves under layers of irony as well as costumes that emphasize their remoteness from humanity.  Perhaps ironically enough, that tendency has rarely been more in evidence than … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grant And Sherman

Grand And Sherman:  The Friendship That Won The Civil War, by Charles Bracelen Flood It is not uncommon for students of the Civil War to be familiar with the writings of either Grant or Sherman or writings about either of … Continue reading

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The Magnificat Of Mary

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given on June 17, 2017 at the United Church of God congregation in Hood River, Oregon.] I promised you all last Sabbath when you visited Portland that I would have a … Continue reading

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Writer In The Dark

Earlier this week, Lorde [1] released her sophomore album, Melodrama, and at least from what I have seen the reviews are pretty good.  I must admit I hope to review the album at some point myself, as I find confessional … Continue reading

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

Roughly 1/5 of all albums (and album equivalents) sold in the United States is for country music. For many people, this may be completely unbelievable because country music is so seldom on their radar.  I grew up in rural central … Continue reading

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Let Them Lead You In The Right Direction

“Follow your heart, your intuition, let them lead you in the right direction,” sang Jewel [1] on the chorus to her top 40 hit from her dance pop “sellout” album 0304 that ended up going only gold and failed to … Continue reading

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That’s What A Heart Is For

In the early to mid 1990’s there was a quirky band, at the heart of which was a husband and wife team.  The romantic and musical connection of one Harriett Wheeler and David Gavurin would lead to the formation of … Continue reading

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While The Storm Clouds Gather Far Across The Seas

The director of our congregation’s a capella choir [1], whose health has not been particularly good as of late, asked me to introduce the last song our choir as a whole will sing for this year, and possibly ever, and … Continue reading

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