Category Archives: Music

The New Rules of Music Snobbery

Hulu’s High Fidelity reboot captures the end of elitist condescension and the rise of fervent eclecticism. Twenty-five years after Nick Hornby’s novel High Fidelity psychoanalyzed fussy record-store clerks, and 20 years after the movie adaptation made John Cusack their avatar, the once-inescapable and now-obscure archetype … Continue reading

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Ravi Shankar, Sitarist, Dead at 92

NYT | January 23rd, 2020 Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso and composer who died on Tuesday at 92, created a passion among Western audiences for the rhythmically vital, melodically flowing ragas of classical Indian music — a fascination that had … Continue reading

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Lukas Nelson: You Were Always On My Mind

If you haven’t heard Lukas sing before, you’re in for a treat. He has his own unique voice and talent, but it’s hard not to hear a little echo of his father while he sings his dad’s beloved classic tune. … Continue reading

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“The Holy or the Broken”: The story behind Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

This was going to be the expression of an indignant rant several years in the making, but instead, it’s going to be an admission that I was wrong. Several years ago, while serving as the Music Director at a Montreal … Continue reading

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Career in Music is Damaging to Mental Health

CAREER IN MUSIC IS DAMAGING TO MENTAL HEALTH, NEW STUDY FINDS Posted 16 October 2017 in Can Music Make You Sick?, commissioned by the charity and undertaken by University of Westminster researchers Sally-Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave, offers … Continue reading

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After the Fire and Rain – How James Taylor captured America’s post-sixties blues ~ 23/07/19 CULTURAL ERAS rarely, if ever, fit neatly into the decades allotted to them. The 1950s, for instance, did not really shuffle off until 1963 (when according to Philip Larkin, a British poet, “sexual intercourse began”.) But there … Continue reading

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Gary Moore — The Messiah Will Come Again

Hot damn. This holds up. I expect that they’ll be listening to this one still when humanity has left the planet!

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Rest Your Way Home – by Lance Allen

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The Weight / Playing for Change

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How Elements of the Classic Hero’s Journey Live Within the Iconic Led Zeppelin Song ‘Stairway to Heaven’

by Lori Dorn on May 28, 2019 Great piece on Led Zeppelin’s song Stairway to Heaven over that the Laughing Squid. Noah LeFevre of Polyphonic has taken an extensive look into the iconic Led Zeppelin song Stairway to Heaven. Despite its somewhat ubiquity throughout the years, the music and … Continue reading

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