Great Moments in Musical Outrage: “Barracuda”

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart were enjoying the success of their 1976 debut album, Dreamboat Annie, when they saw the ad their record company had placed in Rolling Stone: a full-page, tabloid mockup featuring a picture of the two bare-shouldered sisters and the caption “Heart’s Wilson Sisters Confess: It Was Only Our First Time!”

Musical Peaceniks, 21st Century Style

Even those of you not old enough to remember the 1960s have heard of the various counter-culture movements — anti-war demonstrations, hippies at Woodstock, never-trust-anyone-over-30, and so on. I was in elementary school, so I wasn’t old enough for any of the really wild stuff. My counter-culture activities were confined to teaching myself the guitar chords … Continue reading Musical Peaceniks, 21st Century Style

What Is it about Sundays? A Musical Guide

I am writing this on a Sunday. Sundays make me feel uneasy. Actually, no, let me rephrase this: I hate Sundays. They suck. Argh. Anyone would think that with only two days available, any minute of a weekend would count, but honestly, it’s all downhill from Saturday night.

Lunchtime Poll: Favorite Movie Musicals

This isn’t a new topic here at P-Mag, but with Carrie Underwood smiling at me from many posters, billboards, and television ads, I can’t help but have The Sound of Music on my mind. (Oh my god Carrie, we GET it.)

Lunchtime Poll: Musical Memories

I just started reading Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s autobiography, Mo’Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, and his love of music really connected with me. He outlines many chapters with songs or albums of which bring memories forward when listening to them. It spawned some really intense emotions in me, both good and bad, because music … Continue reading Lunchtime Poll: Musical Memories

Defying Gravity in the Midweek Musical Open Thread

I have to confess to being a terrible theatre nerd here – I’ve never seen (or even listened to the soundtrack of) Wicked. I do, however, love Kristen Chenowith and Idina Menzel, so I really need to get on this.