Gimme Shelter

So, I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a follower of the Rolling Stones. Yeah, really. It’s not a value judgment but, like pretty well no one else I know, I’ve just never been strongly drawn to them, for whatever reason. It’s interesting, though: two years ago in February, I heard a localContinue reading “Gimme Shelter”

The Road

The Matinée is a Canadian band from the west coast. While categorized as alternative, the band has a southern kind of sound, with influences of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I first heard them on CBC Radio 3 when I listened to that Internet station years ago, before they did away with live hosts/DJs. MyContinue reading “The Road”

Second Hand News

It was 1977. The year Fleetwood Mac released Rumours which, flabergasting to me, was their 11th studio album. I suppose I must have thought the band had just started up with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s arrival and the popularity of Rumours. But there also seemed to be a kind of a “new band hype”Continue reading “Second Hand News”

Your Silent Face

“Rise and fall of shameA search that shall remainWe asked you what you’d seenYou said you didn’t care” (from “Your Silent Face,” by Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris) The album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983) was the second release by New Order, an English rock band formed in 1980. The group wasContinue reading “Your Silent Face”

Spain

This week, the world has lost two significant American musical figures: singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader Chick Corea. I’m still pondering Wilson and hope to post something tomorrow. Though I have some dear friends playing in the genre, jazz is a style I know little about. And IContinue reading “Spain”

Cinderella, Op. 87, Act I: No. 1, Introduction (Andante Dolce)

Many years ago, one of my brothers and I were together a lot to watch movies and listen to classical music long-play records (it was a long time ago, so we probably were watching VHS tapes!). He helped me learn who the composers were through their different styles and the periods in which they lived.Continue reading “Cinderella, Op. 87, Act I: No. 1, Introduction (Andante Dolce)”

Stay

Seventy-four years ago today, English singer, songwriter, musical innovator and actor David Robert Jones was born. Professionally he became known as David Bowie, an artist who crossed and mixed many musical genres and performance styles in his long, influential career. I’ve featured Bowie’s songs several times before on this blog: “A New Career in aContinue reading “Stay”

You Make Loving Fun

In the midst of internal upheaval in Fleetwood Mac, the band released “You Make Loving Fun” as the fourth single from the historic 1977 album, Rumours. Christine McVie (formerly Christine Perfect) wrote and sang the song. Early this morning, in the lifting of a few days burdened with anxiety and darkness, this great piece ofContinue reading “You Make Loving Fun”

Mother Whale Eyeless

When I listen to Brian Eno’s music and the recordings of bands he has produced in his long musical career, it is hard for me to grasp the idea that he has called himself a “non-musician.” Eno studied painting and experimental music in the 1960s and joined the glam-rock band Roxy Music as its synthesizerContinue reading “Mother Whale Eyeless”

Belong

This morning, I listened to part of the archive of Friday’s episode of KEXP’s The Morning Show with John Richards, as I’d missed the start of the program that day. In Richards’ opening set, he played “Belong,” an R.E.M. song covered by the Hobart, Australia band, Quivers. I Shazamed the piece, but the app couldn’tContinue reading “Belong”

MLK/Pride (In the Name of Love)

My philosophy on anything the British musician, visual artist, sound designer, music producer, theorist and activist Brian Eno puts his name to is simply, “buy it.” That practice has never failed me since first picking up one of Eno’s albums at the behest of one of my brothers in 1976 (as I’ve mentioned before here,Continue reading “MLK/Pride (In the Name of Love)”

Uncertain Smile

My earliest memory of the band The The relates to a former schoolmate whose condominium I rented a room in, during the early 1980s. Ours was a friendship I mentioned in my post on “Song to the Siren.” He’d heard of The The, somehow, and I remember him finding the name quite noteworthy and funny.Continue reading “Uncertain Smile”

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Today’s song is one of my favourite Simple Minds songs. It grabs me from the beginning synthesizer lines and percussion to the arrival of the thundering main drum kit. And yeah, there are credits to two drummers on this song on the LP… I was wondering if it was a drum machine, but, nope, a drummer. Continue reading “New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)”

Oh Yeah

Oh, yeah… so I told you that when I bought my first stereo, a brother of mine urged me to buy Brian Eno’s album, Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy). (My post on January 6, 2020 talks about this, and I’ve mentioned Eno so many times, I won’t link to them all here, or we’ll neverContinue reading “Oh Yeah”

Sunshine on Leith

If you’re from or have lived in Manitoba, Canada, you’ll know about the local phenomenon, “the social” (when I was very young, it was called a “social evening”). It’s a big sort of party, usually in a hall or community centre, with a music person playing unbearably loud music well beyond the negligible acoustical accommodationsContinue reading “Sunshine on Leith”