Posts Tagged: Music
Every generation has its reservations about popular music—all the same, the last few market-driven decades have undoubtedly left their own, new, unique mark on its most contemporary manifestations. Still, there are radio programs out there dedicated to music as such.
This Thursday, our very own Allyson McCabe will be joining radio host Binnie Klein on WPKN 89.5FM in Bridgeport to “spin some favorite covers, rarities, outtakes, and demos, and of course, to tell stories.”
If you live outside the Connecticut area, tune in here....more
The distinctive tone of influential blues man Jimmy Reid can be heard throughout modern rock music, from Z.Z. Top to The Rolling Stones. In his hit song “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” from 1959, he sings, “You got me doing what you want me / So baby why you want to let go.” The passion and the subtext behind the words—which were written by his wife—have gotten our attention....more
Poetry and music share a word of process — composition — and are linked by negotiations of melody, harmony, rhythm, proportion, and discord.
While some poets require silence to compose, many others find that listening to music and writing go hand-in-hand....more
As part of McSweeney’s long-running series “Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond,” Summer Brennan wrote “An Open Letter to the Mix Tape Made for Me by My College Boyfriend, Now Deceased.”
It’s exactly as poignant and sadly funny as the title makes it sound, and in Brennan’s able hands, it becomes downright transcendent....more
A few days before we left a life in New York, my then-husband drove home drunk from a bar in the Bronx...more
When Eleanor Friedberger (one half of The Fiery Furnaces) penned her solo debut, Last Summer, she didn’t show it to anyone until it was finished. Now that she has released her follow-up, Personal Record, she has learned the value of enlisting the help of others, including singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding....more
“At eleven, I felt that I might actually play anything on this violin,” writes Catherine Tice, the daughter of two musicians. Her essay in Granta, “A Brief History of Musical Failure,” raises the question of what it means to have “the makings of a prodigy,” and whether, in order to succeed, one must be immune “to the dark side of self-criticism.”
Still, Tice believes that she almost “gave [herself] over to the violin completely.”...more
The cover was a black and white close-up of a woman, her hair windswept, her name scrawled above her in a font usually reserved for truck stops: Linda Ronstadt. I’d retrieved the album and its torn shell of Columbia Record Club packaging from a stack of unwanted mail on the credenza, and I stood now in the doorway of my older brothers’ room....more
If I had written a list of pros and cons, I might have seen how moving to Austin from Seattle with a boyfriend who had just kicked heroin, and with stripping as my only job prospect, was not a recipe for success....more