Tag Archives: pop music

Ray LaMontagne: “For The Summer” and “Beg, Steal or Borrow.”

Here are two songs that when I first heard them back in 2010, I could swear were old James Taylor or Crosby, Stills and Nash songs I had somehow never heard. Both these ballads were written and sung by a … Continue reading

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Stressed Out (Twenty-One Pilots): iconic anthem of the Millennials.

Rock and pop music in recent decades (since the 1960s) have always had iconic songs and music styles that define the angst and existential concerns of generations that were coming of age when those songs and music styles were popular. … Continue reading

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Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)

I played this one-hit-wonder nonstop when it came out in 1979.   It was definitely ahead of its time, setting the stage for the sounds of the ’80s and the MTV age.

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Monday Melody: Careless Whisper (George Michael)

Since George Michael died today (f*ck you, 2016!) I thought I’d use one of his songs for this week’s Monday Melody.  Careless Whisper (released in 1984) is probably my favorite George Michael tune.   Now it’s touched with sadness for … Continue reading

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Monday Melody: True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)

I haven’t posted a new Monday Melody in a few weeks, but one particular song, one of my favorites from the 1980s, is really resonating for me right now and fits in with my last few posts. This lovely video … Continue reading

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Bad Blood (Ryan Adams — cover of Taylor Swift)

Taylor Swift is a guilty pleasure of mine (I think she’s a suberb songwriter and knows how to craft incredibly catchy songs) but I didn’t care too much for her version of “Bad Blood” from her hit “1989” album. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Lightning Rod

Originally posted on CLUSTER B:
Taylor Swift everyone’s favorite fantasy… When I was a teen, I made some gay friends. We would watch TV together and this one was gay and that one was gay. Celebrities are almost always a…

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Song for a beautiful Sunday!

This long-forgotten one-hit wonder from 1972 is a guilty pleasure, but it always makes me tap my feet and puts a big smile on my face.      Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Monday Melody: My Favorite Mistake (Sheryl Crow)

Don’t let the laid back sound of Sheryl Crow’s voice and music fool you.  This 1998 pop song is about a relationship with a narcissist, after she has been devalued and discarded.   I heard it the other day in … Continue reading

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Monday Melody: Year of the Cat (Al Stewart)

There are some songs you just never grow tired of. I clearly remember the first time I heard Al Stewart‘s “Year of the Cat” because I heard it in a dream. There’s only one other song I first heard while … Continue reading

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