A few months ago, I wrote about how our local community college library needed assistance sorting some vinyl they’d discovered in the basement, and how enthusiastically I raised my hand. Friends, never let it be said that your obsessions cannot be handsomely rewarded, for the college officially hired me to sort and catalog all eight boxes of records.
Our friend Hildegard was a force to be reckoned with in the 12th century, when women were still regarded as equal to 2 oxen and a trunk full of tablecloths. She purchased and renovated properties on behalf of the church, composed music that is still in the common sacred repertoire 900 years later, was a philosopher, and an all-around incredible … Read More
Some songs are classics. Some songs are not. Have you ever wondered what separates the classics from the dreck? Classics tend to be classics because their lyrics are timeless or ethereal. Sometimes, the music itself is timeless, but sometimes, the music just seems dated. Some of the songs that made this list were too focused on what was happening in … Read More
“Me and Bobby McGee” may be the more well-known song in the Janis Joplin oeuvre, but my Pearl favorite is the short, (nearly) a capella tune that follows.
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.
“O Superman” is arguably the most well-known example of performance art, and that’s no coincidence. Anderson uses unique electronic components and haunting prose to create timeless pieces of auditory art.
My first thought when playing this 1968 single is that the A-side and the B-side almost sound like two different bands. The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” is a well-known, somewhat moody song, and the flip, “Friends of Mine,” could be mistaken for a twee modern band.