Category Archives: Music Memories

You Got to Have Heart

In April I toasted Roxette. This month I praise the songs of Heart, a group led by sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson. Chroniclers of rock music sometimes characterize how an artist or band captured the zeitgeist of a period. … Continue reading

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Roxette Still Rocks It

The people who lionize the Rolling Stones as the greatest rock band of all time and marvel at their endurance are certainly entitled to their opinion. What keeps Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their feet and on the road … Continue reading

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Man, That Piano Man

Knock! Knock! Who’s There? Roy Bittan. Roy Bittan who? Roy Bittan no one else plays hard-driving piano on rock classics. What makes Bruce Springsteen “Badlands” and Bob Seger’s “Roll Me Away” fan favorites from the many hits the two recording … Continue reading

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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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