“When I Fall in Love.” Three Stanzas and 97 Words

A perfect song is timeless. A perfect song is a song that spans years and generations, and will be free of style and instrumentation that identify it with a certain stylistic period. A perfect song may avoid the heavy synthesizers of the 1980’s, the lush orchestration behind a disco beat of the 1970’s, or theContinue reading ““When I Fall in Love.” Three Stanzas and 97 Words”

9 Great Rock, Jazz and Soul samples in Rap Music

“Said a hip hop,Hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop,and you don’t stop, a rock it out.” Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang was released in 1980, and was the first rap song I ever heard. I was 14 years old, and growing up a white, Jewish kid in the suburbs of Chicago,Continue reading “9 Great Rock, Jazz and Soul samples in Rap Music”

Here Comes the Sun, by The Beatles

“Here Comes the Sun”Written by George HarrisonPerformed by The BeatlesReleased September 26, 1969 It’s a gray, rainy day today in Chicago. But, it is warmer today than it was yesterday, and I hope it is colder today than it will be tomorrow. The promise of spring is here, and I am thinking about “Here Comes the Sun.” “Here ComesContinue reading “Here Comes the Sun, by The Beatles”

Just Like Pagliacci Did. “Tears of a Clown”

“Smokey Robinson is America’s greatest living poet.” Though this quote has been attributed to Bob Dylan, it has never been confirmed that our modern day Bard actually uttered these exact words. It may have been him, it may have been his manager, or it may have just been a creative journalist with a wild imagination.Continue reading “Just Like Pagliacci Did. “Tears of a Clown””

Straight from the Gutter

My friend Michael had just come home after spending a college semester abroad in London. We met for lunch to catch up after his return home, and he handed me a cassette tape. “I heard these guys performing on the street in London, and they were great. Listen to the tape…You’ll love it.” Michael told meContinue reading “Straight from the Gutter”