Monthly Archives: May 2011

Songs that Inspired Us: Crocodile Rock

Dad and I thought of a post that is “songs that inspire us.” The first song I’m doing is “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John, the version he does on The Muppet Show. This was the first song by Elton John … Continue reading

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Boogie Wonderland at the Ballpark

This afternoon Billy and Dad and family are going to the ballpark. Before the Cedar Rapids’ Kernels game, the Cedar Rapids orchestra is performing tunes by Earth, Wind and Fire, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Chicago. Yes, that’s right. Somehow … Continue reading

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Not Dark Yet

Today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. I’ve seen several articles lately trying to take stock of him; they’re almost all terrible. Some points that I believe are usually missed: 1. Bob Dylan is pathologically averse to being pinned down to … Continue reading

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Why Do We Love Sad Songs?

It’s an old question in philosophy: why do we enjoy suffering in art? Lucretius says that it’s sweet to stand on shore and watch a shipwreck. He doesn’t necessarily mean that we enjoy the suffering of others so much as … Continue reading

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And the livin’ is easy

Today is a gorgeous day here in Iowa City: sunny, a few big white clouds, warm, occasional soft breeze, everything is blooming, the brick oven is firing up, so there’s also the scent of woodsmoke, pizza stuff is all over … Continue reading

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Too Late to Stop Now

Song from Van’s best album, version from Van’s best tour (at least as far as I know!). Nine minutes, but it’s worth giving yourself to the whole thing; you won’t be disappointed.

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Good Tone Is Good Conscience

“Good tone is good conscience,” Janos Starker once said. Why don’t we pay more attention to tone in music? In jazz, for instance, it’s common to think of Charlie Parker or Cannonball Adderley when you think of great alto players, … Continue reading

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