Category: music

Mood Elevator

     Aware that my mood and my writing have been trending darker, I’ve been trying to post as many uplifting pieces as possible. Have one right now;      Many virtuosi are more concerned with promoting themselves than with making music as it should be made. Pat Metheny is not of their ilk. Unparalleled in skill …

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Just Because I Feel Like It

     I’m in something of a mood this evening, so have a couple of songs from two of the paramount singers of the Twentieth Century. First, from the late, great Stan Rogers:      And for dessert, the two pieces that made Tom Rush a legend:      I suppose the Twentieth Century wasn’t all bad, after …

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Parodies Sometimes Improve On The Original

     Consider these two songs, the first the original by R.E.M.:      Now, the parody, by the immortal Al Yankovic:      Frankly, I prefer the parody. (I must also admit that I do like Spam®. Dad was a Navy man, and the stuff was a staple of his diet in his World War II years.)

Every Era Of Music Has Its Standouts

     As the Disco era of the Seventies faded, new powers arose to make their mark in popular music. The guitar faded as a dominant instrument, supplanted – though only for a while – by the synthesizer. Some Eighties bands were as fleeting as the life of a mayfly. Others, such as the Pointer Sisters, …

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Fifty Years Ago…

     …a musical prodigy named Todd Rundgren decided to stretch his wings further than he ever had before. This was the result: I wanted to write you…      …a beautiful, beautiful song I wanted to write you…      …a beautiful, beautiful song A beautiful song The kind that makes your memory go sailing through the …

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Because We All Need To Be Blessed Now And Then

The wanderer has far to go Humble must he constant be Where the paths of wisdom lead Distant is the shadow of the setting sun. Bless the daytime Bless the night Bless the sun which gives us light Bless the thunder Bless the rain Bless all those who cause us pain. Yellow stars may lead …

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Something Catholic And Beautiful

     If you haven’t yet made the acquaintance of Loreena McKennitt, it’s high time. Listen to what she does with the stanzas from Saint John of the Cross’s classic tome Dark Night of the Soul: Upon a darkened night The flame of love was burning in my breast And by a lantern bright I fled …

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Something Unexpected

     Liberty’s Torch isn’t a well-known, heavily-trafficked site. Thus I don’t expect to receive a great deal of email from persons with a significant public profile. I get a little of it…evenly split, as you might imagine, between applause and razzberries. So the following, which arrived in the email moments ago, came as a surprise. …

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For The Masculine Readers Of Liberty’s Torch

     Has a woman ever betrayed you?      Has a woman you’ve cherished abandoned you?      Do you live with the inability to trust to this very day?      Then this is for you:      They think we do not value them.      They think their bodies are all that matter to us.      They …

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Culture, Context, And Criticism

     Forgive me, Gentle Reader: I’ve lost the link, but a few days ago I read an article that sticks in my mind for reasons you will soon grasp without prompting. It was a critical article about The Who, the great British rock group that blew through pop music in the late Sixties and early …

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