Tag: music

Nov 29

Sunset doesn’t last all evening.

Long ago, before Heavy Metal, Punk Rock and all the rest of the cacophony out there today…. There was a band called the Beatles. They came from England and they had a profound impact on the world music scene. Their sound was new, fresh and innovative… it was different than anything that had come before. …

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Nov 14

I’ve looked at life from both sides now…

Canadian artist, singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell has had a prolific career in the world of music. I first introduced readers of this blog to her music in this article about poetry, and here in a post about another of her tunes. She’s written many songs about life and love, but one of her most …

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Nov 10

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald

*Sometimes called the “Big Fitz” or the “Mighty Fitz”, the Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest American working vessel operating on the Great Lakes. She was used to carry iron ore from Duluth, Michigan to Detroit, Cleveland and various other industrial ports. This was, of course, during a time when the U.S. still manufactured automobiles and …

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Nov 01

Casey Jones

In the annuls of American folklore there are many characters who’ve had songs written about their lives and deeds. John Henry – “the steel driving man” is perhaps one of the most famous, Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox is another. Blackbeard’s ghost is a tale from North Carolina. From the Southwest region the story of …

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Oct 22

Oh, the Dreadful Wind and Rain!

Sometimes called, Twa Sisters (twa = two in old Scotland). In other regions it may be called The Cruel Sister, and still others may refer to this tune as Binnorie. It may also be simply referred to as The Wind and Rain.. The origins of this song are hard to determine. Some historians say it comes …

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Sep 24

On a Golden Autumn Day

Autumn, when the leaves change colors, the days are golden and the air is crisp. It is my favorite time of year. The morning often greets us with heavy dew. The afternoons fade with strange dancing shadows and “each moment never is the same”. To experience these days consciously is a “pure joy” and it …

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Aug 06

“The tour from hell” turned into a dead end.

As tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, I have established August as a month to celebrate his musical achievements here on the blog. This article explains some of the details associated with the final months of his life and, on a more positive note, shares a link to one of the more fun Grateful Dead …

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Jun 22

The Wind in the Willows

In 1908 Kenneth Grahame penned the children’s story titled, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Grahame, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde, grew up along the banks of the River Thames. At that time the area surrounding the Thames was pastoral, though London town was quite crowded and dirty due to the common use of coal as …

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Apr 02

Appreciating Classical Music

New York City was long ago nicknamed “Radio City”. Growing up within the radio broadcast listening area of that great metropolis afforded me many options for listening to a wide variety of music genres. There were stations that played Jazz, Opera, Classical, and a plethora of ethnic and international styles in addition to the Pop …

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Mar 17

The Irish Diaspora

On this day in the month of March people in many parts of the world celebrate the culture of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day Holiday brings out all those who claim some ancestral link to Ireland. Even people of non-Irish heritage want to join in the fun of singing and drinking. While the Irish …

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