Category Archives: Music


I’m not really a fan of contemporary country. It’s too squeaky clean with that tinge of resentment (“I drive four-wheel drive, you latte-drinkin’ Yankee” “I buy my underwear at Walmart and look just as good as them models …” Hm. … Continue reading

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R.I.P. B.B. King

Two “King”s. Backstage at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis. Legendary bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. A long life and a six-decade career. He toured constantly, almost up until the very end. The news had come that his … Continue reading

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A Rock Star, His Mother, and His Underwear. 1956.

For Mother’s Day. Elvis Presley, Gladys Presley, 1956. Memphis. Photo by Alfred Wertheimer.

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Spring iPod Shuffle

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these iPod Shuffle lists. I find them fun and strangely relaxing to put together. It’s therapeutic to submit to the random-ness of the Shuffle. I’ve been on the move the last … Continue reading

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Show. Don’t Tell. Mkay?

I didn’t realize that I needed something like this to exist until it actually was created. I can’t get enough of it. The body language. The beauty of their harmonizing. Men harmonizing – one of my favorite things – and … Continue reading

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Ricky Nelson and James Burton

James Burton, of course, is known for being Elvis’ guitarist throughout the 1970s, but he played with everyone, most notably Ricky Nelson. Listen to some of that old Ricky Nelson stuff. Listen to Burton’s guitar solos. Astonishing stuff. Completely contemporary, … Continue reading

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For Billie Holiday’s Birthday

Here is Frank O’Hara’s poem called “The Day Lady Died.” The Day Lady Died It is 12:20 in New York a Friday three days after Bastille day, yes it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine because I will … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Merle Haggard

“There were so many things I loved about the thirties. I could find many reasons for wanting to live back there. Such as trains was the main method of travel, the glamour of trains always appealed to me. And America … Continue reading

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Eminem Annotations

Eminem is a chatterbox to beat the band on his Genius annotation page! I don’t know much about Genius, but apparently artists discuss their own catalogs in the Annotations series, and amazingly, the reclusive Eminem just participated. So much good … Continue reading

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We Are the Best! Girl Power: “Enter Sandman”

The band is The Warning. The musicians are: Daniela (14 years old) on guitar, Paulina (12 years old) on drums, and Alejandra (9 years old) on bass.

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