We Resist

Around the time when I was hanging out with the friend I mention in my post on R.E.M.’s song “Drive,” he introduced me to the music of the rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in 1972 under the name Farm and after changing their name in 1976, Midnight Oil developed a strong following in their homeContinue reading “We Resist”

Message to My Girl

I get my morning fix of music from numerous sources, and lately, my go-to has been Apple Music, as it’s been helping me find more pieces that match what I like to hear. But as I said in a recent conversation with one of my lads, I wish it would suggest more songs that areContinue reading “Message to My Girl”

Don’t Dream It’s Over

Don’t you dare dream it’s over. Because it’s not. In Manitoba, we were once the envy of our country, and maybe even the world as we flattened — no, stomped — our curve to keep COVID-19 infections around 300 in total through the whole first wave of the pandemic. Maybe that told a lot ofContinue reading “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

Faster Than Light

Lately, since I discovered Neil Finn’s Fangradio blog via KEXP Seattle, I’ve added the blog to my listening routine (which led me to my posts on “Distant Sun” and “One Step Ahead”). From April 28 to May 11, while he was recording for Crowded House, Finn’s daily shows were compilations of highlights, returning to theContinue reading “Faster Than Light”

One Step Ahead

New Zealand’s Split Enz released their breakout (and fifth) album True Colours in January 1980, though they released the first single from it, “I Got You,” in December 1979; it’s their best-known and most successful single. As I mentioned in my post on Crowded House’s “Distant Sun,” I’ve been listening to several back-episodes of formerContinue reading “One Step Ahead”

Distant Sun

Today I was listening to The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle, and cruising around the website. Like on so many artist and collective pages, there’s a list of live events there, to entertain and keep people connected to a sense of normalcy in terms of hearing musical performances, even though we can’tContinue reading “Distant Sun”

Go Your Own Way

I really like the podcast and website, Song Exploder. I’ve listened to several episodes, and have learned a lot about how bands get from concept to a final version of a song. But I wish I liked more of the songs on the site. So many of the groups are unknown to me or justContinue reading “Go Your Own Way”