Expansive, windy music produced by Arena Rock icons whose members for the most part grew up in an expansive, windy environment… “I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, […]
Baby You’re a Rich Man: how does it feel…?
For a song that often gets lost in the canon of the Fabs,”Baby You’re a Rich Man” is a pretty remarkable piece of work. “How does it feel to be one of […]
Gannett adopts the blue dot, emblematic of market-driven thinking, at its newspapers
Oh, my. Look at the dot. It’s blue. It’s representative of “one unified network,” says the chief marketing officer of Gannett, owner of the USA Today Network. The blue dot — and […]
Back in the USSR: because everything old becomes new again, right…?
“Back in the USSR,” once the target of self-righteous conservative anger, has come back to mock conservatives nearly 50 years later. “It’s tongue in cheek…. I remember trying to sing it in my […]
For the want of critical thinking, America has succumbed to tribalism
Antarctica is cold. I learned that in grade school. The record is 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit below zero set in 1983. Did you know the southernmost continent is also a desert? I know […]
Happy 4th of July: what does “freedom” mean to you?
America is a great idea, but it’s hard to love these days. At some point tonight millions and millions of us will find ourselves sitting in a stadium or a park or […]
I’m So Tired: of a lot of stuff…
“…and curse Sir Walter Raleigh/He was such a stupid git….” – John Lennon “…and the time will come when you see we’re all one/And life flows on within you and without you….” […]
I’m So Tired: so say we all, John…
“I think it’s 100 per cent John. Being tired was one of his themes; he wrote ‘I’m Only Sleeping.’ I think we were all pretty tired but he chose to write about […]
Random thoughts about the record album – part 6: one last hurrah…and into the mystic
“There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form.” – Daphne Guinness (Read part 1, part, 2, part 3, part 4, part 5) […]
Spotify’s “sponsored content”: payola by any other name…
by Amber Healy It’s too soon to know whether the new “sponsored content” policy helps artists or harms them. Payola is the practice—the illegal practice—of a record label paying a broadcaster to […]