Category Archives: Music Memories

An Ancient Dance Ritual

Since I gave a distinctive name to a rock band, Collywobbles, exactly a month ago, it behooves me to create a dance craze that befits their style of playing real oldies. It is a simple matter to eliminate the dances … Continue reading

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Rhymes Like Old Times

One of the constants in song lyrics over the years is the search for end rhymes that both sound right and make sense. Every now and then a lyricist employs an old saying like “let’s cut a rug” because it … Continue reading

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Romance on the High Cs

It is customary during the month of February for starry-eyed lovers to remember favorite lyrics and melodies that were popular when they were first dating. “They’re playing our song” is not just an old-fashioned phrase. Many of the comments to … Continue reading

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Give Pease a Chance

Near the beginning of the catchy tune “Bhindi Bhagee” when Joe Strummer encounters a New Zealander “looking for mushy peas,” the natural assumption is that the visitor is yearning for a foodstuff. However, this curious listener wonders if that man … Continue reading

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Now Hear This

Long ago and far away when I was teaching students in all four grades of  high school, I attempted to convey to them how the phrasing and diction used by authors such as William Faulkner, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Charles … Continue reading

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The Flip Side

Anyone reading these postings knows that the subjects selected and opinions expressed differ considerably from those employed by other writers. That is also true when it comes to music because my personal favorite songs are usually not one of the … Continue reading

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