Category Archives: Music History

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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You Have Watched Me Safe In Your Anonymity

For deeply personal reasons, I have long found that I greatly enjoy many of the songs by British synth pop artist Howard Jones [1].  Among those songs is “The Prisoner,” where the singer/songwriter compares being photographed to being imprisoned within … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

About twice a month or so I write an article on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pointing out why such and such a musician or band or artist has a solid case for induction into the Rock & … Continue reading

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

At first glance, Dan Hartman isn’t the most obvious choice to make the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  As far as potential inductees go, he is a really obscure one.  As an artist, he had four top 40 hits, … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Little River Band

I must admit that I was a fan of the Little River Band’s music long before I knew who they were.  Unlike some bands whose name I knew very early, this was a band I did not really discover until … Continue reading

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Coming To Terms In The Creation And Enjoyment Of Music

There is often a great disconnect between various different audiences and stakeholders when it comes to the world of music.  Over and over again, music critics (many of whom I spend a fair amount of time listening to) lament the … Continue reading

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