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

“People Get Ready”–50-years of Black History Month

“People Get Ready”–50-years of Black History Month

Martin Luther King, Jr. described “People Get Ready” as the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. Written and recorded in 1965 by Curtis Mayfield, at the time a member of The Impressions, the song ranks  #24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of...

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“I Want You To Want Me”

“I Want You To Want Me”

There's a lot to be said for the comfort of Pop-Rock. It feels good to listen to and it's easy to sing along with, the lyrics are uncomplicated and non-challenging...what's not to like? Neon Trees, back after a 5-year hiatus, have an Alt hit with “Used To Like,” an...

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What If I Never Get Over You?

What If I Never Get Over You?

It's supposed to hurt, it's a broken heart But to movin' on is the hardest part What if time doesn't do what it's supposed to do? What if I never get over you? Good question. Ronnie Milsap pondered the same topic, in 1981, with his huge hit "No Gettin' Over Me."  His...

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Music’s biggest night!  The Grammy Awards!  Sunday night!

Music’s biggest night!  The Grammy Awards!  Sunday night!

One of the highlights of Sunday night’s 62nd Grammy Awards  show (CBS/ 8pm ET/5P PT) will be when Bonnie Raitt presents John Prine a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1970 Raitt recorded  Prine's  "Angel From Montgomery" -- it became a hit and is now a classic,...

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“Roxanne!”

“Roxanne!”

  When Sting sang about “Roxanne,” in 1978, she was a prostitute whom he loved and wanted  to “save.” The song had a plaintive, painful tone. Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light Roxanne, you don't have to wear that dress tonight Today’s “Roxanne” is a...

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A Joyful Song for Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Joyful Song for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  by sharing Stevie Wonder and a slew  of stars and celebrities singing “Happy Birthday,” 4+ minutes of aural energy and  joy. As one of the song’s “comments” on YouTube put it:  “Stevie should have a national holiday named after...

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Rock Stars Write Books

Rock Stars Write Books

The life we Boomers lived and the music we listen(ed) to is having a pop-culture moment, in film: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman,” on Broadway: “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” on TV:  CNN’s  Linda Ronstadt documentary bio  “The Sound of My Voice,” and lots and lots...

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Songs with Rough Edges:  From “Wonderwall” to “2all”

Songs with Rough Edges: From “Wonderwall” to “2all”

If you love “Wonderwall” by Oasis (and apparently a lot of people do, because it has almost 344 million youtube views, and over 51,000 comments!) than it’s likely that “2all” by Catfish and the Bottlemen will appeal to you. "2all” is more in your face—harder— than...

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Long Blond Hair, Black Leather Pants & Stilettos…

Long Blond Hair, Black Leather Pants & Stilettos…

There must be a good reason that stories are still told, and songs still sung, about men who cheat on their women…fertile ground for tough, take-no-prisoners Country singers who are pissed-off big time. Carrie Underwood set the bar when the video to her mega-hit...

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