Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Songs That Didn’t Age Well

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 the now and some songs just seemed to fade into not being classics anymore. Some songs just plain suck but got famous because they were edgy. All of these types of songs fit into my list this week.  Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Songs That Didn’t Age Well

Why 1994 Matters to Me: Part 1

It’s a weird feeling, getting older — nostalgia might hit you at anytime. I work with people who were born after the subjects of this column were released. I am guessing for people born in the late ’60s or early ’70s, the death of John Lennon is seen as the separation between that generation and the next. For me, it is the death of Kurt Cobain. Every time I find out someone was born after he died, it throws me off. 1994 is one of those outstanding years in music where a lot of seminal and well-recognized albums came out. Some of the albums I came to listen to later in life, but the impact was still immeasurable. The year has always had a special place in my heart; I turned twelve that year and entered middle school. I met a lifelong best friend in 1994 whose parents pretty much let him listen to anything he wanted, and I was introduced to a lot of these albums through him. Sadly, he passed in 2006, but his legacy lives on anytime I hear “Buddy Holly” or “Longview.”  Read More Why 1994 Matters to Me: Part 1

Lunchtime Poll: Songs and Memories

Do you ever hear a song and, for some reason, flash back to the first time you heard it? Or have oddly specific memories tied to songs? I do. One day, years ago, I walked out of work for my lunch break to see an amazing rainbow over Union Square that from our angle ended right on top of the Empire State Building. New Yorkers usually don’t just stop in the street to talk to strangers, but on that day, everyone was smiling and sharing the experience. I went on to get my lunch, and the radio at the pizza/Chinese place was playing U2’s “Beautiful Day,” which put a huge smile on my face since it really was a beautiful day. Now, every time I hear the song it reminds me of that day.  Read More Lunchtime Poll: Songs and Memories