Record Machine: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

Beautifully sparse and melancholic, Nebraska is one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen albums. Between my original collection and my inherited records, I’ve ended up with two copies, and part of my fondness for the man’s music likely has to do with growing up hearing it. It was the same for my husband.

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Lyrics That Get Me Every Time

I am, to coin a phrase, all about the wordplay. While I love beautiful music, music with a beat, and music with a purpose, what I love most of all is music that makes me repeat its lyrics over and over. I love music with visual words, that tear at my heart a little bit and remind me to feel things. Here are four songs that do just that. Read More Lyrics That Get Me Every Time

The Good Wife 5×12, “We the Juries”

Six lawyers, two alleged drug dealers, two juries and Victor Garber walk into a courtroom. Cary is even more attractive when he’s devious, Kalinda is more than a magical vagina, and Marilyn has had enough of this bullshit already. All this and Bruce Springsteen, on this week’s episode of The Good WifeRead More The Good Wife 5×12, “We the Juries”

30 Years of Music, The Bonus Round: 1982

Oh, you thought we were done with 30 Years of Music last week, did you? Why, no! Of course we need a bonus round. Because I started this column near the end of 2012, 30 years from that point would be 1982, so it’s only fitting to bring myself back for one more retro round. We’ve got a wealth of not-so-recent musical riches, so let’s get to it.

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30 Years of Music: 2005

Reviewing 2005 in music surprised me somewhat because I’d forgotten how many of my favorite albums were released that year. So please, let me metaphorically shove them into your hands.

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30 Years of Music: 2002

2002 was a strange year, musically, in that there was not a lot of music that really excited me at the time. Many of the songs featured this week are those I’ve discovered in retrospect, with a fair number of songs coming from a music collection other than my own. Still, many of my usual favorites manage to sneak their way in, so let’s get started:

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30 Years of Music: 1984

After the smashing amount of great music to choose from in 1983, 1984 was a little easier for me to narrow down to ten picks. Yes, it’s the year that everyone made the same Orwellian joke, and the year that Van Halen made sure to release that so-titled album in January, but my most-loved songs from this time head in a different direction. Once again, I must point out that I am not trying to make a definitive list of the “Greatest” songs from each year, but rather curate an unnumbered collection of personal favorites, while still attempting to be concise.

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