Category Archives: Music

Commute iPod Shuffle

Those buildings are reflecting the dying gleams of the sunset. With the moon soaring above. I just stood there staring for about 15 minutes. And it was freezing. Been a while since I’ve done one of these. My life, my … Continue reading

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On Chuck Berry:

Two pieces I want to link to, written by people I know, yes, no shame in that, I know smart people! 1. Glenn Kenny writes a beautiful and smart essay on Berry for Rogerebert.com – Kenny really knows his music, … Continue reading

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“Johnny B. Goode” in Outer Space

The Voyager spacecraft was launched in 1977 with many objects on board, a floating time capsule, and … maybe … a message to whomever might find it on the other end, light-years away. Included was the “Voyager Golden Record,” a … Continue reading

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“If you had to give Rock ‘n’ Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” – John Lennon

“Memphis, Tennessee:” This is how you write a song. DAMN. There are multiple characters. An uncle who writes stuff on the wall. A mother who caused problems. There’s a location mentioned so exact you could locate it with GPS. There’s … Continue reading

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R.I.P. James Cotton

RIP to blues-harmonica legend James Cotton. He was born in 1935 on a cotton plantation, and was a working musician early (10, 11 years old early). He toured with Howlin’ Wolf. Eventually he hooked up with Muddy Waters and toured … Continue reading

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Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

My sister Jean and me, in Dublin, the night the fuse blew at the disco, and all the lights went out, and all of the disco patrons had to stand out on the street while Irish firemen and garda ran … Continue reading

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Sláinte! Metallica “Whiskey in the Jar,” Dublin, 2006: “Hear Dublin Roar!”

An exhilarating performance of the unofficial Irish national anthem.

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The Night Elvis Sang at the Theatre Royal in Dublin

March 3, 1960, Prestwick Airport, Scotland. Elvis Presley signing autographs. The plane had stopped to refuel on its way back to the United States. This was the only time Elvis set foot on the British Isles. Éanna Brophy, a retired … Continue reading

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The Elvis Shelf

With all that has happened in the last month – and it’s been one for the books and I’ve been very very NERVOUS (I hate when I get that way: it’s part of the winter months!) – I have also … Continue reading

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February 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died

Buddy Holly was #13 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Artists list, and John Mellencamp wrote a very touching couple of paragraphs about Buddy Holly as the ultimate hillbilly, and how important that was: I was just a little kid when … Continue reading

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