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Memorial Day video break: No Forgotten Man

This great song by Solas seems appropriate for today: Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone.

Saturday video break: Good Enough

Here’s Cyndi Lauper with a song from an iconic 80s movie: I suppose technically that’s called “The Goonies R Good Enough”, but it’s in my library simply as “Good Enough”, and that’s good enough for me. Here’s Sarah McLachlin with a song of the same name: With bonus French introduction. Very classy.

Friday random ten: Pseudorandom, anyway

After a long string of theme lists, I thought it would be nice to have a true Random Ten this week. And just to be different, rather than have the iPod pick them, I went to Random.org and generated numbers there to select the songs from my master playlist. Here’s what it spun up for […]

Saturday video break: Gold

One from the kids, by Britt Nicole: Chad Orzel recently wrote about how having a six-year-old means he’s fairly up to speed on pop music today. I’m not quite as familiar with the Top 40 list he presented, but I can definitely relate. I’ll put it to you this way: We have the 2015 Radio […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 15

At long last, we bring this series to a close. 1. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Carole King 2. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) – Meat Loaf 3. Young Guns (Go for It!) – Wham! 4. Your Love Is (Love Song With Metaphor) – […]

Saturday video break: God Only Knows

An all-time classic from an iconic band: Remember when James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s idiot Secretary of the Interior, denied the Beach Boys a permit to play a Fourth of July concert on the Washington Mall? He’d never even heard of them. Sometimes it’s useful to remember that today’s craziness didn’t come out of nowhere. For […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 14

On our penultimate list or parentheticals. 1. When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) – Great Big Sea 2. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) – Paul Young 3. Why Do I Need You (When I’ve Got My Hand)? – Feo y Loco 4. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman – The Kinks […]

Saturday video break: God Bless The Child

Possibly Billie Holliday’s best-known song: Yeah, that song has no relevance to today’s society at all. Billie Holliday would have been 100 years old in April. Coverville had a nice tribute to her last week. “God Bless the Child” was also a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears: So the Bible says, and I’ve got […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 13

Lucky thirteen… 1. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox 2. TRACKS (TALL BODIES) – Chelsea Wolfe 3. Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Aretha Franklin 4. Waterfall (Psychedelic Teepee Twelve) – Wendy & Lisa 5. We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37) – Peter Gabriel 6. […]

Saturday video break: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

In a world where music videos had plot lines, there was Cyndi Lauper’s 80s classic: Lauper went on to do several remakes and remixes of this song, which stands up pretty well 30 years later. While this is absolutely Lauper’s song, it was written by Robert Hazard five years before Lauper recorded it. She changed […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 12

Twelve! Twelve lists of song names with parentheses in them! Ah ha ha! 1. Strangest Party (These Are The Times) – INXS 2. Sweet Dreams (Of You) – Patsy Cline 3. (Take A) Beetle To The Badlands – The Slip 4. Take Me (I’m Yours) – Bob deGrande 5. Tell Me (That Our Love’s Still […]

Saturday video break: Gloria

Settle in, kids, this is going to be a long one. We start with the original version of this classic, performed by Them, a “Northern Irih rock band featuring Van Morrison”, who are not to be confused with Them!, a 1954 sci-fi classic featuring giant ants. Anyway, here’s Gloria by Them: I should interject at […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 11

More great parentheticals coming right at you. 1. Remember (Walking In The Sand) – Aerosmith 2. Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Robert Cray 3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Bruce Springsteen 4. S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) – 2 Guys N The Parque 5. Set Me Free (Rosa Lee) – Los Lobos 6. […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 10

Starting to get close to the end. 1. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel 2. (Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads 3. Papa Come Quick (Jody And Chico) – Bonnie Raitt 4. Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley 5. Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord) – from “Godspell” 6. Pride (In The Name […]

Saturday video break: Girl From Ipanema

Easily the most famous bossa nova song ever, and possibly the most recognizable saxophone melody, here’s Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto doing their signature hit, “Girl From Ipanema”: I remember reading a “Peanuts” cartoon from a paperback collection when I was a kid in which Linus said he was the only student […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 9

Ten more parenthetical songs for your Good Friday contemplation. 1. Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas) – Bing Crosby 2. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones 3. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) – Billy Joel 4. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) – U2 5. Money (That’s What I […]

Saturday video break: Georgia On My Mind

Legendary big band drummer Gene Krupa leads his troupe and an unnamed female vocalist in this classic: Of course, the version we all know is by Ray Charles: Some years ago I was visiting a school friend in Atlanta, and she took me to Stone Mountain to see the laser show. This number got a […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 8

They keep making songs with parentheses in the titles, I keep writing about them. 1. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry 2. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – John Mellencamp 3. Let’s Be Friends (Skin To Skin) – Bruce Springsteen 4. Life Is Real (Song For Lennon) – Queen 5. (The […]

Saturday video break: Friend Of The Devil

A vintage clip of a classic Grateful Dead song: That video is about three times as long as the studio version of the song, but hey, the Dead were a jam band. Anything less wouldn’t feel right. It’s also interesting that they slowed the tempo down for that performance. That’s the same approach Lyle Lovett […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 7

Some real classic this week. 1. I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead (You Rascal You) – Asylum Street Spankers 2. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants 3. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Duke Ellington 4. It’s A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time) – Fishbone […]

R Kelly still on the bill at FPSF 2015

Progress report from the Cancel R Kelly At FPSF 2015 Facebook page: No progress to report. Thanks for all the support! On Monday March 9th, we met again with Free Press Summer Fest. They had nothing to report about any decision. So, it’s time to move into all the strategies of a campaign that we […]

Saturday video break: For You

Some old school Springsteen, done acoustically by a more current version of The Boss: That’s from his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey!. Did you know that three songs (that I know of and heard at least once on the radio) from that album were covered by Manfred Mann? You know about “Blinded […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 6

We spring forward to more parenthetical songs. 1. I Was Standing By The Bedside Of A Neighbor (If You See My Saviour) – Michele Lanchester & Sweet Honey In The Rock 2. I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?) – Squeeze 3. (I) Deck The Halls – Los Straitjackets 4. If You Love Me (You’ll […]

Saturday video break: Flashdance

Tear up your sweatshirt and put on your leggings, it’s time to go back to the 80s with Irene Cara: You know my motto: There’s no cheesy 80s hit song that Big Daddy can’t take to completely unexpected places: Someone really ought to put in an application for them to get a MacArthur genius grant.

Ezra Charles

Great story about a local music legend. The Ezra Charles Band was playing tighter than ever in its decades-spanning history when its leader decided to pull the plug. Charles – a remarkable pianist from Beaumont – received a lifetime achievement award from the blues society in San Antonio, and enjoyed a huge response to the […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 5

You know the drill by now… 1. Holy Lamb (Song For Harmonic Convergence) – Yes 2. HOOPS Yes! (FC Dallas) – The Polyphonic Spree 3. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor 4. I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) – The Cox Family 5. I Can’t Stand Up (For Falling […]

Chron covers R Kelly controversy

Here’s the story. Free Press Houston and concert promoter Pegstar are deciding what to do about the inclusion of R&B performer R. Kelly at the 2015 Free Press Summer Festival after a local protest began to draw national attention. Kelly was announced last week as one of the event’s headliners. Both the popular independent music […]

Why is R Kelly in the Free Press Summerfest lineup?

Maybe this wasn’t such a hot idea. Music fan David Hayes has attended the Free Press Summer Fest every summer since 2010, and was planning to go this year as well—that is, until he saw that one of the headliners was R. Kelly, the popular R&B singer who has been accused of having sex with […]

Saturday video break: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

You all know the Roberta Flack version: If you’re old enough to remember that song, you’re probably old enough to remember a TV ad or two selling a compilation of mellow hit songs that included this. (You may also remember it from the Clint Eastwood movie “Play Misty For Me”.) Aim that ad at a […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 4

So many parenthetical songs. 1. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds 2. Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara 3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) – Frank Sinatra with Count Basie 4. The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Ylvis 5. Further On (Up The Road) – Bruce Springsteen […]

Saturday video break: Fire and Rain

It’s a James Taylor classic: But have you ever said to yourself “You know, I’d like to hear that song with a bluesier voice and a horn section backing it”? Well, then Blood, Sweat & Tears is here for you: BS&T did a fair number of covers, the best known probably being the blues classic […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 3

More parentheses! So many more parentheses! 1. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2 2. Come And I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles) – Great Big Sea 3. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) – Chic 4. The Deal (No Deal) – from “Chess” 5. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) – Frankie Valli […]

Saturday video break: Fire

A young Bruce Springsteen does an acoustic version of one of his classics: There’s a reason they call him the Boss. But for all his many virtues, I don’t think anyone has ever called Springsteen funky. For that, we have the Ohio Players and their song of the same name. We could use some more […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 2

More songs with parentheses. 1. But Still He Loved Her So (The Ballad Of Harry And Esther) – Sally Fingerett 2. By Cover of Night (Fire Fight) – Sebastien Grainger 3. California (There Is No End To Love) – U2 4. Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You (The Rain Song) – Aaron Neville 5. […]