Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, by Elton John

Sometimes, a song is just so lovely. Even for Elton John. Many of Elton John’s songs are lovely. Early in his career, in partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, John would release sparse love songs and ballads, a troubadour sitting at his piano delivering songs that were at once lush and sparse, ethereal and dense. ThereContinue reading “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, by Elton John”

Tempted, by Squeeze

High school was a funny time. Well, at least it was a funny time for me. Girls confused me. Classes challenged me. Music entertained me. Books engaged me. I was discovering who I was…what I liked. What I cared about. What caught my attention. It was during my murky teen years that MTV was beginningContinue reading “Tempted, by Squeeze”

Rock and Roll Easter Eggs

Wikipedia defines an Easter egg as a “hidden message, or a secret feature.” In software, it could be a simple game that appears when a certain keyboard combination is used, or on a DVD, hidden features are revealed when a menu image is selected. Rock and roll is filled with wonderful Easter eggs. An EasterContinue reading “Rock and Roll Easter Eggs”

“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”