So Long, Freddie

Advertisements In which I prolong the goodbye Today marks thirty years since Freddie Mercury, or the former Farrokh Bulsara, left us for a world where everyone’s inner ear finally matches his. He had something like a four-octave range, he could play the piano upside down, and he rocked a fur coat better than he hadContinue reading “So Long, Freddie”

Edie, Again

Advertisements A costumed tribute Halloween weekend was a strange one this year, and I had to delay and transform some planned things. It turned out to suit the personality I evoked, who was always fashionably late. Today marks fifty years since we lost Edith Minturn Sedgwick. I didn’t foresee at the time I first exploredContinue reading “Edie, Again”

I Have Some Questions

Advertisements In which I have some questions Great news, the man I’ve been thinking about and talking about and listening to all summer is embroiled in scandal. I’d intended to lay low on this album’s birthday for once in my simp life, but if I see one more post of the cover image I’m gonnaContinue reading “I Have Some Questions”

In the Garage with the Revolver

Advertisements Or, a breakdown This is the last spiel about a record turning 55, I swear. It’s my boys and it’s maybe their greatest album (the case has been made) and it’s one I’ve come to really love as an adult and I had to. Song I’ve loved from the start: “I’m Only Sleeping” SongContinue reading “In the Garage with the Revolver”

Happy birthday, Jerry!

Advertisements Or, an honorary transitive commemoration Jerry Garcia would have turned 79 today. Eight days from now, 9 August, will mark the 26th anniversary of his death. This span of time is a sacred period for certain people in my life, so I didn’t want to let the day go by without acknowledging it. IContinue reading “Happy birthday, Jerry!”

Brunette on Blonde on Blonde

Advertisements In which I record the stats So amidst all the Pet Sounds ballyhoo I forgot that I should also commemorate the 55th anniversary of the release of the album I literally just called my favorite of Dylan’s. Which happens to be today. Among other reasons (its sense of humor, its drum parts), it’s myContinue reading “Brunette on Blonde on Blonde”

Why TURNSTILES Made Billy Joel Great

Advertisements In which I say goodbye to Hollywood Today marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Billy Joel’s fourth studio album. This boils down to convenience; it simply gives me a chronological excuse to talk about something I’ve wanted to talk about for some time now. Mostly because I never hear anyone else doingContinue reading “Why TURNSTILES Made Billy Joel Great”

Five Observations on “Take Five”

Advertisements In which I honor a jazz classic To remember the illustrious musical pioneer Dave Brubeck on what would have been his 99th birthday, I present five thoughts on his quirky hit, both my favorite piece of his and my favorite piece across all schools and eras of jazz: It makes an unconventional time signatureContinue reading “Five Observations on “Take Five””

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