Category Archives: Music History

Not All Repetition Is Vain Repitition

Recently I have come to appreciate one song in particular by the contemporary singer Dua Lipa.  Dua Lipa is a young woman of Albanian heritage and has become vastly popular, first in the United Kingdom, where she grew up and … Continue reading

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You Say: Some Thoughts About Christian Contemporary Music From A Somewhat Biased Commentator

Since the age of about fourteen or so I have been passionately interested in music charts.  During my high school years I would get up by choice before 6AM on Sunday mornings to record the chart data from Rick Dees’ … Continue reading

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

Admittedly, I was not aware of the staggeringly prolific music career of Petula Clark until very recently.  Although this was a singer who had long been suggested by readers as an obvious snub from the Rock & Roll Hall of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Golden Earring 50 Years Anniversary Album

Among all the bands I have written about for my series on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the fans of Golden Earring have been among the fiercest, upset that someone like myself would know of the band simply … Continue reading

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

When one things about the late 1990’s and early 2000’s adult alternative scene, The Goo Goo Dolls were a pivotal group in that scene.  Like most fans of the group, I first became familiar with them off of their massive … Continue reading

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Mack The Knife

What is the connection between Bobby Darin and Friedrich Nietzsche?  The answer is Mack the Knife.  It’s a bit more complex than that, though, as “The Ballad Of Mack The Knife” comes from a socialist critique of capitalism, namely the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dolly On Dolly

Dolly On Dolly:  Interviews And Encounters with Dolly Parton, edited by Randy L. Schmidt I must admit that my knowledge of Dolly Parton is somewhat peripheral.  In high school I went to an orchestra competition in Gatlinburg, but we did … Continue reading

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Book Review: Little Girl Blue

Little Girl Blue:  The Life Of Karen Carpenter, by Randy L. Schmidt It is easy to see why a story like this could not have been told with the permission and authorization of the surviving members of Karen Carpenter’s family.  … Continue reading

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The Shadow Of The Day Will Embrace The World In Gray

Yesterday, as I was sitting and reading and enjoying my dinner and occasionally looking up to see college football scores, I happened to hear a song that I have not heard for a while on the radio, though it is … Continue reading

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

By some definitions, Wheezer could be considered a one-hit wonder, despite their lengthy and immensely successful career.  As someone who has sat and watched through several hours worth of track-by-track album reviews, I am more familiar than most people are … Continue reading

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