Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tryin’ to Make It Real – Compared to What?!

I just heard a terrific Les McCann tune on the radio, “You Got It In Your Soulness,” where the spirit descends on Les, Eddie Harris, and Benny Bailey. I’ve never known much about McCann, except that he was a kind … Continue reading

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The Big Man

Billy and Dad just got word that Clarence Clemons, the sax man for the E Street Band, died. About the only lines in “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” whose meaning we’ve ever understood are: “Well the change was made uptown/And the … Continue reading

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Does anybody still think that CDs or MP3s are an improvement on vinyl?

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Something’s Got a Hold on Me

This starts and ends about as well as possible. 1962 never sounded better.

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In Defense of College Radio

If you didn’t see this article, check it out. It’s a defense of college radio stations, one that I wholeheartedly agree with. While one can learn stuff from “genius” applications and Pandora algorithms, there is still nothing like a knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Max Ophuls Plays Chopin

Well, Max Ophuls isn’t exactly tickling the keys – that would be Alexander Brailovsky. But in filming Brailovsky’s rendition of the Valse Brillante, Ophuls gives a little master class on how a movie’s form can become infectious with its music. … Continue reading

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Les Paul

Billy and Dad have been monkeying around on Google Guitar, typing in people’s names and what not. Some people have been more systematic . . . Someone even got “Here Comes the Sun.” We understand this is somehow connected to … Continue reading

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