Category Archives: Music

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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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Turned 100

She was crossover before “crossover” was even really a concept. In the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, in her rock-star electric guitar playing – electric guitar!, you can see the future of music. You can see Little Richard. You can … Continue reading

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Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

Jean, Me, in Dublin, the night the fuse blew at the disco and we all had to stand out on the street while Irish firemen and garda ran about in all their hot-ness. Siobhan, Jean, Me, in Dublin, same night. … Continue reading

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Metallica singing “Whiskey in the Jar” in Dublin (with a mad hat-tip to Thin Lizzy’s version). Listen to that crowd singing in unison. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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My Cousin Emma, aka Lil Freckles, Raps It Out: “Or was it Lebanon? Let’s move on.”

My cousin Emma, aka Lil Freckles, has a new video out. It rocks. Any rap that mentions Grey Poupon and Bradley Cooper is okay by me. Listen, I was saying about her when she was a wise-cracking 3-year-old human, “That … Continue reading

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Aren’t we so lucky that he graced us with his presence? Aren’t we so lucky that someone such as he once walked the earth and shared himself and his talent so fully? I feel lucky that I was on the … Continue reading

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