If you spent any time hanging around Harvard Square in the early 1980’s, you would have seen any number of street musicians (buskers) plying their trade. (Including, occasionally, my friend Bill and me.) One of those buskers was a college student named Tracy Chapman. (I’d … Continue reading Tracy Chapman
The character of the base music here is overwhelming: complex, ebullient and life-affirming, and in yoking this intricate dance music to his sophisticated New Yorker sensibility, Simon created a transatlantic bridge that neither pandered to nor patronized either culture.” – The Independent He looks around, … Continue reading Featured Album – Graceland – Paul Simon (Final of Two)
Ordinarily when I write about a featured album, it’ s only one post. In this case, I’m going to do two, not necessarily because Graceland is such a great album, but because the story around it is so big, so relevant and so damned interesting. … Continue reading Featured Album – Graceland – Paul Simon (Part One)
Michael Jackson towered over the 1980s the way Elvis Presley dominated the 1950s, and here’s why. On Thriller, the child R&B star ripened into a Technicolor soulman: a singer, dancer, and songwriter with incomparable crossover instincts. – Rolling Stone By 1982, Michael Jackson had been … Continue reading Featured Album – Thriller – Michael Jackson
A recent issue of the Boston Globe (Sunday) Magazine has this cover story – When Boston Rocked! Loud guitars, packed clubs, and bands that mattered. Why we’ll always remember the local music scene of the ’70’s, ’80’s, and ’90’s. That headline makes me both happy … Continue reading Aimee Mann (and the Boston Scene)
If you’re under a certain age, I don’t know, say 45, the name Sade (Shah-DAY) may be fairly well unknown to you. But in her heyday, essentially the Eighties/early Nineties. she was every bit as big as Adele is today. Her story…. Helen Folasade Adu … Continue reading Sade
The choreography that you saw in the Tempts and Supremes videos was, of course, no accident. Hitsville wasn’t there just to record songs. According to The Story of Motown, Berry Gordy set up a rigorous training program for his fledgling stars. “One floor was for choreography, … Continue reading Motown (final) – Can I Get a Witness?