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Book Review: How Music Works

How Music Works, by David Byrne [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/Three Rivers Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Admittedly, this was not an easy book to read.  I did not necessarily … Continue reading

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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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An Introduction To A Forgotten Song

For whatever reason, of late I have started being asked to introduce special music [1], and such was the case today.  Last Sabbath, when we were practicing the song in question, I gave a personal discussion about it [2] and … Continue reading

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Going To The Library Tonight

Why did I have Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids” in my head this morning, and what led me to adapt the words of it’s hook, “She’s working at the Pyramid tonight,” to “I’m going to the library tonight?”  As with all of … Continue reading

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

Many people likely will not know who Captain Beefheart was.  He had no hits, none of his albums went multi-platinum or even gold or even cracked the top quarter of the Top 200 albums in the United States.  I only … 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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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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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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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Kansas

A few years ago, I worked for an engineering firm in Tampa, and one of my coworkers once told a funny story about having gone to a Kansas concert in his youth, upset that they did not play the rock … Continue reading

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