Appreciating all that makes America special

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Just think of all the music that’s distinctly American. Jazz. Rock and roll. Motown. The blues. Zydeco. (And if we didn’t invent it here, we found a way to make it better.) We tap our toes, we dance, we thrill to the music of America.

Judy Garland

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Actor, Featured, Singer | 1 comment

Need an object lesson on what the tawdriness of Hollywood can do to a person? Read a biography of Judy Garland. Multiple affairs,...

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Album: Songs in the Key of Life

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Featured, Songs | 1 comment

The word “genius” probably gets thrown around too often, just as “superstar” does. But Stevie Wonder is unarguably...

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Brian Wilson

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Featured, Music | 0 comments

I’m fascinated by the role producers play in creating memorable records. Of course the songwriters lay the foundation with good...

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Johnny Rivers

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Singer | 0 comments

Okay, Johnny Rivers was the King of Covers. Granted. But does every recording act have to only sing original songs? What about the...

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Born in the U.S.A. (album)

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured, Music | 0 comments

Seven albums into his amazing career, Bruce Springsteen threw his devoted fans a curve. “What’s this?” they asked....

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Disco Music

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Featured, Music | 0 comments

Oh, come on, loosen up. I know it’s been fashionable for the last 30 years to put disco down, and I was there with you for much of...

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Mariah Carey

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Featured, Singer | 0 comments

Somewhere in America, there’s a little kid who’ll see Mariah Carey on some talk show, won’t know that she’s sold...

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Dance with My Father, by Luther Vandross

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

I have to admit, I didn’t appreciate Luther Vandross enough while he was alive. What a smooth, pure, R&B voice he had....

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Come Away with Me, by Norah Jones

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Featured, Music | 0 comments

When I first heard Norah Jones, I assumed she was maybe in her 40′s, judging solely by that dusky voice. Then, of course, I saw a...

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MTV Unplugged by Tony Bennett

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Featured, Music | 0 comments

“I’ve always been unplugged,” Tony Bennett said. Even so, of all the artists who’ve appeared in this MTV showcase,...

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