Category Archives: Music

“I Didn’t Know That Was A Cover!” | Six Hit Songs And Their Less-Famous Predecessors

Besides provoking what must be social media’s longest, broadest, and in some cases most over-the-top collective wake (still in progress), Prince’s death served as a reminder to casual fans that the most popular version of a song isn’t always the … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials – Come Fly With Me

“Weather-wise, it’s such a lovely day / Just say the words and we’ll beat the birds back to Acapulco Bay.” Is there a more exuberant song about jet age travel than “Come Fly With Me”? Was there a better voice … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials – Carefree Highway

If there were a Travel Disaster Songs playlist, no doubt Gordon Lightfoot’s most famous tune, “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” would be a first-ballot no-brainer. That list will have to wait for another time. Fortunately, in addition to singing … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials: Rukumbine

I don’t know if all grade school music classes are this way, but in public school in the Midwest where I grew up, the majority of our musical education consisted of 20-30 students standing on risers and singing songs, led … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials | Train Edition

This young train enthusiast would also later prevent a major derailment with his body. Riding the “Hiawatha” line (great name for a train line, by the way) got me thinking about great train travel songs. There is certainly no shortage … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials – Sloop John B.

I’m not very good at choosing favorites. I couldn’t tell you what my favorite film is, who my favorite actor is, or even what my favorite color or food is. It’s just not in my nature to elevate one above … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials – Country Roads

You don’t have to be from West Virginia – or ever have been there – to appreciate this John Denver classic. In fact, you could crank up “Take Me Home, Country Roads” driving to your home, wherever that is; chances … Continue reading

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Family Film of Pre-Castro Cuba

Like the Arnolds of TV’s “The Wonder Years,” my father’s family had a home movie camera. Beginning around 1946, birthdays, weddings, vacations, and other happenings would not escape the eye of the Super 8. There are hours of footage through … Continue reading

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When Elvis Met Nixon: 40 Years Ago Today

Happy Solstice. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the chance encounter between John Lennon and Ronald Reagan on the set of “Monday Night Football” in 1974. The occurrence was remarkable because of their polarity and stature, to be … Continue reading

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The Beatle, the Governor, and the Washington Redskins

John Lennon was slain 30 years ago today. (Feeling old? He’d have been 70 this year.) Of course, news sites everywhere will be filled with the usual cliche tributes referencing peace, love, and understanding. (Does anybody remember laughter?) But at … Continue reading

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