Joy & Positive Vibes

Sometimes we underestimate our collective need for simple humanity, popularly sloganized into a utopian “Peace, Love and Understanding.” We Boomers have been listening to that siren song for over 40 years, with considerable support from George Harrison’s warm and...

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The Killers Kill It In “The Man”

“Burning Down The House” became a global hit for the Talking Heads in 1983, partially due to its identifiable vocal texture and that funky sound— primitive and persistent--repeated like a slogan, over and over, simultaneously exciting and lulling. “The Man,” by Las...

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Peace, Love & Understanding Redux

Here’s a cool, hip, modern song about about peace, love and understanding:   “Dig Down” by the British band Muse. Like many of their past releases, this newest effort reflects the band's social consciousness and activism.

 Written by the group’s Matt Bellamy, “Dig...

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A Classic Slow Song

  Fellow Boomers, do you remember Jerry Butler's riveting, stentorian basso profundo as he opens “For Your Precious Love?” 

When you listen to Lord Huron’s "Night We Met,” both in the intro and in the elements of the melody, you’ll hear the distinct and haunting...

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…Just Don’t Take The Money!

I don’t know what this song is about, but it has a great line: You steal the air out of my lungs, you make me feel it The chorus is good, too: Just don't take the money Just don't take the money Just don't take the money Just don't take the money “Don’t Take the...

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Songs That Make You Jump For Joy!

Last Friday, all around talent and Grammy winner Dan Auerbach, of the Black Keys, dropped his long anticipated new solo album, and the single, "Shine on Me” is a charmer with a Dire Straits feel—could it be because Mark Knopfler guests on guitar and injects a sound...

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New Summer Song Brings to Mind The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The let loose, intense energy kick that The Fabulous Thunderbirds delivered on 1986’s party-song “Wrap it Up” comes to mind listening to “Drink Up” a zesty, up-tempo summer song by Train, that’s already getting Adult Top 40 radio play. Train, a well oiled band of...

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New, Different & A “Must Listen To”

  Currently #1 on the Adult Alternative format, “Feel It Still” is polished and spit shined, a smooth, lyrical, sophisticated tune that shares some of the musical underpinnings and hook filled melodies that we heard in the 70s and 80s, done especially well by...

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Badass Rock n’ Roll: From Bo Diddley to the Record Company

  Some people say that the lyrics in "Baby, I'm Broken" are too repetitious and simple, as if a hard-core rock n’ roll song even needs words—hello Duane Eddy and “Rebel Rouser.” Rock n’ Roll is about the gestalt: the walk AND the talk, plus attitude and charisma....

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