In the Attic: Christmas Hymns & Carols

In 1946 Robert Shaw and his RCA Victor Chorale released a Christmas album. In those days an album was really an album, like a photo album with pages that you mounted photos on: You could only fit three or four minutes of sound on one side of a 78 rpm record, so they packaged aContinue reading “In the Attic: Christmas Hymns & Carols”

After twenty years

Most people who know me know that I am a huge fan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, ever since I first heard the lush minor hit they made when I was 13 years old called “Buy For Me The Rain.” I have made it my mission to let people know there’s a lot moreContinue reading “After twenty years”

3 songs that still stop me in my tracks

Bruce Springsteen is putting out a new album this week, and based on the pre-publicity I’ve decided to plunk down my hard-earned to purchase it. I used to be first in line to buy his stuff — the Springsteen concert I attended in 1984 is one of my best memories — but I could takeContinue reading “3 songs that still stop me in my tracks”

Listening: Ladies of the Canyon

I had Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon on the turntable Friday morning while I toiled away at the news desk, which most often in these COVID times resembles my home desk complete with visits from bored golden retrievers. When it occurred to me that the LP has been in my possession for 50 years,Continue reading “Listening: Ladies of the Canyon”

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