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Sometimes you like a song at first, but the more you hear it, the less you can tolerate it. The great ones are different. They express the thoughts…preserve the moments…and capture the imagination. Winner: “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Loser: “MacArthur Park.”


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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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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The Way We Were, by Barbra Streisand

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

  Barbra Streisand was at the height of her popularity when she paired with Robert Redford in The Way We Were. Movie: yawn. Song:...

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“Unchained Melody”

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

Remember the great 1955 prison film Unchained? Well of course you don’t. But Alex North and Hy Zaret wrote a memorable theme song for...

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“I (Who Have Nothing)”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

I’ve always loved this song. It’s a little melodramatic, sure. But from the time I first heard the Ben E. King original in...

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“Purple Haze”

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

This is one of those things that make you go, “Hmm.” “Purple Haze” was a groundbreaking single written by Jimi...

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“Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” The Shirelles

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 1 comment

“Tonight you’re mine, completely. You give your love so sweetly. Tonight the light of love is in your eyes.” With these...

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“Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

“Dancing in the Street” came out in 1964, right at the height of the British Invasion. The Beatles held number one from Feb. 1...

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“I Fall to Pieces” by Patsy Cline

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 0 comments

It was the Billboard Hot Country chart’s number one song for the year 1961. Sometimes those songs become classics, sometimes they...

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“My Girl,” The Temptations

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Featured, Songs | 1 comment

I’d like to know how many times I danced to this song during my teenage years. Seems every band, regardless of the type of music they...

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