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Sep 16

When we know your talk is cheap.

The song by Van Morrison, titled Wonderful Remark expresses a sentiment that is profoundly apropos of the political elite. Wonderful Remark by Van Morrison How can you stand the silence That pervades when we all cry? How can you watch the violence That erupts before your eyes? How can you tell us something Just to …

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Aug 11

Shooting Star

Shooting Star Written by: Bob Dylan Seen a shooting star tonight And I thought of you You were trying to break into another world A world I never knew I always kind of wondered If you ever made it through Seen a shooting star tonight And I thought of youSeen a shooting star tonight And …

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Aug 01

In another time’s forgotten space…

In previous posts I have shared my enthusiasm for music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia in particular. Last year, on the 20th anniversary of Garcia’s death, I declared the month of August to be Jerry Garcia month here at English-speak-English.com Continuing the theme this year I offer a selection of my favorite Garcia …

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Jul 04

An American Tune

Paul Simon wrote An American Tune in 1973. It was a troubled period for America. The U.S. Government had fought to a stalemate the very unpopular Vietnam War, but not before it had inflicted a bitter cynicism among many citizens, particularly after incidents like the Kent State massacre. Followed by the self destruction of the …

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Jun 19

Summertime

The great American composer,George Gershwin, was well known for some classics in the American repertoire of music. Songs like; Someone to Watch Over Me, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Rhapsody in Blue and many more. Gershwin wrote Porgy and Bess an American opera that debuted on Broadway in 1935 – a folk opera based …

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Jun 11

“…If I knew the way I would take you home.”

One of my favorite songs from the Grateful Dead repertoire was first released in 1970 on the album titled, American Beauty. It became a signature tune especially as part of the second set and most often as an encore. The song lyrics were written by that (not so) silent member of the group, Robert …

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Apr 10

Merle Haggard

Last week one of Country Music’s great singer/songwriters passed on. Merle Haggard, one of the creators of the “Bakersfield sound”, died at home surrounded by family and friends. Merle was 79 and had battled cancer for several years. A prolific songwriter with an authentic country twang that could be heard for decades all across America …

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Aug 01

August is Jerry Garcia Month.

August 9, 2015. It has 20 years since Jerry passed and the background music to my life hasn’t been the same since. Jerry Garcia, (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) His candle burned brightly and his candle burned out much too soon. Sometimes, sadly, early death is the counter-weight to immense talent. In a …

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Jul 06

Out of the Blue.

Out of the Blue by Kevin Neary * It came out of the blue (1) as I drifted in and out of sleep on a train bound for Shanghai. Long ago I cast my fate to the wind (2) and nothing will ever change that (3). Spent a lifetime and traveled down the ancient highway …

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May 24

American Pie

In 1972, Don McLean wrote the song American Pie. A catchy little tune with an easy to remember refrain. For any American of high school or collage age at the time, the song was clearly understood as a lament to the loss of innocence our culture was enduring. There are many pop-culture references about art, …

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