This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), by The Talking Heads

Perception can get in the way of us connecting to music we would otherwise discover. Because we don’t like a certain genre of music, we may not allow ourselves to even listen to a band we may otherwise fall in love with. Because we do not like the way a musician presents herself, we mayContinue reading “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), by The Talking Heads”

People Get Ready, by The Impressions

Passover is a holy week. Jews around the world celebrate , and remember how we were once slaves in Egypt, and with the inspiration of God and the leadership of Moses, we became a free people. Christians celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus three days after his crucifixion. This week, the world came together inContinue reading “People Get Ready, by The Impressions”

I don’t like Led Zeppelin, and other rock and roll confessions

I confess. I don’t like Led Zeppelin. If you are a fan of music and rock & roll, chances are good you do like Led Zeppelin. Chances are you like Led Zeppelin a lot. I mention to friends that I am not a fan, and they are confused and frustrated, often to the point ofContinue reading “I don’t like Led Zeppelin, and other rock and roll confessions”

Crossroad Blues, by Robert Johnson

The history of rock and roll music is written through a cloudy lens of myth and legend. Paul McCartney and John Lennon meet at a carnival, and talk about the rock, folk and skiffle music they both love so much. Clarence Clemons walks through the door of an Asbury Park bar late on a blusteryContinue reading “Crossroad Blues, by Robert Johnson”

Wild Thing, by The Troggs

Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you what may be the finest, most energetic, creative, passionate and sophisticated song in the modern era of rock and roll music. I give you “Wild Thing” by The Troggs. “Wild thingYou make my heart singYou make everything groovyWild thing Wild thing, I think I love youBut I wannaContinue reading “Wild Thing, by The Troggs”

Going Up the Country, by Canned Heat

What’s your paradise? Maybe when you close your eyes you imagine yourself on a sandy beach, facing a deep blue ocean with a cloudless sky above. Or you are in a pub with rich leather stools, worn wooden walls and beautiful Jazz music coming from the stage. Or you are walking down a wooden pathContinue reading “Going Up the Country, by Canned Heat”