Linda Ronstadt has said that “all girl singers” eventually “have to curtsy to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.” Of Maria Callas, Ronstadt says, “There’s no one in her league. That’s it. Period. I learn more … about singing rock n roll from listening to Maria Callas records than I ever … Continue reading Linda Ronstadt (1st of 2 posts)
Regular readers of this blog know that I occasionally put together three songs as a sort of mini-set. But then I sometimes do six tunes by one artist. Given that it’s the end of the year and I have this huge backlog of songs I … Continue reading Cleaning Out My Closet – Six Tunes
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” – Aretha Franklin. Otis Redding wrote and released “Respect” in the summer of 1965. It had some level of success (Top Five on Billboard’s Black Singles Chart, and crossed over … Continue reading Aretha Franklin (Part 3) – Respect
Sociopolitical note – The Music Enthusiast hit the milestone of 500 followers today. Not bad considering I almost quit sixteen times in the first year. For the uninitiated, my Sixpacks are not intended to say “these are a given band’s best songs.” Just six I … Continue reading A Sixpack of R.E.M.
There are some songs I never would have heard if my kids didn’t play them around the house once upon a time. I wouldn’t say I became fans of these bands because of that but I dug these tunes. You all know Foo Fighters but … Continue reading Songs My Kids Got Me Into
Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, Europa was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a woman with Phoenician origin of high lineage, and after whom the continent of Europe was named. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a white bull was a Cretan story. Most of the love-stories concerning Zeus originated from more ancient tales describing his … Continue reading A Song I Love – Europa – Santana
Wikipedia: “A jam band is a musical group whose live albums and concerts relate to a fan culture that began in the 1960’s with the Grateful Dead, and continued with The Allman Brothers Band, and Phish which had lengthy jams at concerts. The performances of these bands typically feature extended musical improvisation (“jams”) over rhythmic grooves and chord … Continue reading A Selection of Jam Bands