Category Archives: Music

Revivalism is Here to Save the Internet

I thought I understood podcasting.  Then I listened to Revivalism: Busk. The series, from Goat Rodeo DC, a Washington-based audio and podcast network, follows a cross-country road trip that explores a fading but distinctive sliver of American culture: Professional street musicians, … Continue reading

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30 Facts for Live Aid’s 30th Anniversary

Even though I was only seven years old, I could sense that Live Aid was important. Thirty years ago today, the biggest musical acts in the world performed as part of a single, massive event, unprecedented in scope.  Everyone from … Continue reading

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An Incomplete List of Words in Chicago’s “If She Would Have Been Faithful”

As something of an 80s music aficionado (for better and for worse), I have probably heard Chicago’s “If She Would Have Been Faithful” at least 100 times in my life.  I’m not bragging about that.  Just stating it as a … Continue reading

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An Incomplete List of Words Katy Perry Has Attempted to Rhyme

Katy Perry is a charismatic musical performer who has delighted millions of fans—including this one!!!   Her catchy songs, spot-on pop sensibilities, and colorful videos have established her as one of the top acts in the world. Here’s an incomplete … Continue reading

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Christmas Shopping = Complete

Divining gift ideas gets less fun and more difficult as we get older.  One reason for this phenomenon is that people get grandfathered into our gift-giving list for years after we stop seeing them on a regular basis.  Of the … Continue reading

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The Orchestra

Metaphors are my stock-in-trade. On this particular day, I conceptualize life—or, more specifically, our society—as a symphony orchestra. People have varying degrees of investment and involvement with society, what some might call “success.”  Spouses, children, careers, prestige.  Let’s dub these … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments in Entertainment History: Rock Me Tonite

As our cultural integrity continues to buckle under the weight of exploitative “reality” programming and mindless pseudo-documentaries, it’s difficult to recall that MTV (f/k/a Music Television) was once the arbiter of success in the popular music industry. It isn’t merely … Continue reading

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The Grammys’ Best Moment

From my perspective, anyway.

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The Take-home Message from the SOPA Debate

Tracking the political discourse regarding SOPA proved to be quite instructive in ways I hadn’t anticipated.  My own view on the proposed bill was that, while the aims weren’t entirely bad, some of the presumptions in the law overreached in … Continue reading

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The Bark Side of the Force

Things have been a little long-winded around here of late.  I wanted to try to accomplish two things with this post.  First, drop the Brow-o-Meter down a notch or two.  Mission accomplished.  Secondly, I wanted to see how many categories … Continue reading

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