Keeping Boomers In Touch With Today's Music

We connect a song from back-in-the-day to a current hit that has a similar sound/content/style.  You’ll be up to speed in 90-seconds.

Curated by Dave Sholin    |    Written by Lee Wade

How Lucky We Were, To Grow Up With Motown

This month marks the 60th Anniversary of the "Motown sound," which has influenced millions of Boomers taste in music, dance, fashion and pop culture. The label's first release* was January 21, 1959, and within two years, their first #1 hit was everywhere:  "Please...

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It’s a Good Song to Dance to….

Remember Dick Clark’s “Rate A Record” segments on "American Bandstand?" A few selected audience members judged the new songs?  If it got a thumbs up, the comment was probably because they “liked the beat.” From those days to these, a hot beat is still a critical...

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A Feel-Good Country Song. What’s Not to Like?

Just because a Country song has a line like  …let's make a little lemonade if lemons is all we got ...doesn’t automatically exclude it from greatness: Many famous Country songs have banal lyrics, but make up for it somewhere else, like emotional connection, or...

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Steve Cropper Gets “Icon” Award

Year's end is tribute time, and last Nov., BMI,  (the performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc.) honored 77-year old guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper with their "Icon" award. The presentation took place in Nashville as part of the 2018 BMI...

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A Romantic Love Song

What are the chances that we'd end up dancing? Like two in a million, like once in a life That I could have found you, put my arms around you   “Chances,” the latest by Backstreet Boys, is a love song, romantic and dreamy, wide-eyed at the miracle of meeting someone...

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Blues-y/Roots-y and Raw: “Cringe” Hits All the Hot Buttons

  “Cringe" by emerging singer/songwriter Matt Maeson is an intense, raw, and bluesy rock song, replete with painful memories and emotional wails. …similar to Sonia Dada’s 1992 "You Don't Treat Me No Good,” which included a  great line that may help explain the...

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Billboard’s “Top 10” From the Past 60-years

  Happy New Year, dear readers.   We look forward to sharing 2019’s new and exciting sounds with you, and connecting these songs to the best of our collective past. Last year, 2018, marked the 60th Anniversary of the unrivaled “Billboard Top 100.”  The iconic...

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Elton John’s Poignant Christmas Message

In 2007,  British department store chain John Lewis Partners began what is now their annual, traditional, Christmas TV ad campaign:  Various singers perform cover versions of popular songs-- for example, the company's employees sang The Beatles' "From Me To You" in...

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Country Music is Having a Moment

The crowd jumped to their feet when Luke Bryan, winner of 2015’s coveted CMA “Entertainer of the Year” award, and “American Idol” judge, performed his newest hit “What Makes You Country” at this year’s Country Music Association Awards show--kudos to hosts Brad Paisley...

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