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Can You Come Out To Play In Your Empty Garden?

For many years I have been familiar with the song Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny), which was a moderate hit for Elton John in 1982, peaking at #13 on the Hot 100 and making the Year End chart for that … Continue reading

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Last Train Home

The first single of the upcoming album SOB Rock by John Mayer has a bit of a strange pedigree to it. A few months ago the first segment of the song was released to widespread interest among the musical community … Continue reading

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Suite: Judy Blue Eyes: A Case Study In The Kuleshov Effect

One of the joys of having a bit of historical context is that one is able to put things in their proper context. Relatively recently a song came out that was credited to rapper Travis Scott (but which featured uncredited … Continue reading

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Try Not To Abuse Your Power

While I have generally been pretty critical of celebrity culture, I do find it interesting that the latest single by musician Billie Eilish deals with the question of power and its abuse as well as the strange way it makes … Continue reading

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Too Much Rain

On the face of it, it seems highly unusual that a solo Beatle would feel himself qualified to tell others how to live a happy and peaceful life. Anyone who knows anything about the Beatles and their solo careers knows … Continue reading

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Signs Of Life: A Case Study In Irony And Metaphor

There is a class of albums that I would like to call the “We’re Still Here” albums, where a band that has had a great deal of turmoil like losing their lead singer or being dropped from their label releases … Continue reading

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Don’t Believe The Hype

Sometimes I’m a little slow to catch on as to which songs are popular and good at radio, but eventually I usually end up encountering them in between audiobooks, and so it was with the recent #1 Alternative and top … Continue reading

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The Many Layers Of Panini

First of all, let us be clear about what we are talking about.  As much as I enjoy a good panini, I am not talking about the tasty food, but rather about the song by Lil Nas X.  In this … Continue reading

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As I Walk Into The Great Unknown

Rachel Platten, if she is remembered at all, is remembered generally as a one-hit wonder for her empowerment anthem “Fight Song” and for her debut album Wildfire, both of which were widely panned as among the worst music of 2016.  … Continue reading

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A Preliminary Defense Of The Jets’ You’ve Got It All

One of the consistent patterns of song reviewing is that a certain set of songs consistently receives a lot of hate by those who review music in given years.  One of those songs happens to be one I greatly enjoy … Continue reading

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