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Core Curriculum: Styx

Today I would like to begin my core curriculum series by looking at the music of Styx and pondering what songs of theirs are part of their core material that need to be understood if one wants to figure out … Continue reading

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Album Review: Best Of Styx

Best Of Styx, by Styx It sometimes happens, as is the case here, where a band toils in relative obscurity for some years, building up their craft and developing themselves, in a minor label with minimal popular success and then … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Best Of Styx: The Millennium Collection

The Best Of Styx:  The Millennium Collection, by Styx As is the case with many legacy rock & roll acts who first became big in the 1970’s or 1980’s, Styx has a lot of best of compilations, and I chose … Continue reading

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Book Review: Me (Elton John)

Me, by Elton John I think this book adequately expresses how Elton John wishes for the reader to think about him and his career.  I can’t say that I particularly appreciate his approach to life and find him to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, by Elvis Costello Why does this book exist?  Like many people, I am familiar with Elvis Costello mainly for his very rare popular hits in the United States, especially “Alison” and “Every Day I Write … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rod: The Autobiography

Rod:  The Autobiography, by Rod Stewart I have to admit that Rod Stewart ends up having been a more interesting figure in music history and a more ambivalent one than I would have guessed going into this.  Without ever having … Continue reading

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Album Review: Best Beethoven 50

Best Beethoven 50, by various artists It is sometimes fascinating to ponder best of and greatest hits compilations for classical artists [1], and this three-disk compilation provides an interesting picture of what Warner Classic believes is the best material of … Continue reading

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

It is hard to find too many contemporary rock groups whose position as rock acts as well as culturally significant figures is as solid as the Foo Fighters.  It seems perfectly appropriate that Dave Grohl, once the drummer for Nirvana, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Family Album Of Favorite Poems

The Family Album Of Favorite Poems, edited by P. Edward Ernest This book was published originally in 1959 and printed in 1983.  It could not be printed today, at least not without dire threats being sent to the publisher and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bad Catholic’s Guide To Wine, Whiskey, And Song

The Bad Catholic’s Guide To Wine, Whiskey, And Song, by John Zmirak and Denise Matychowiak How does someone who is a moderationist but by no means a knowledeable person when it comes to drinking read and appreciate a book like … Continue reading

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