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“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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Nine Reasons Why You Like Summer Better Than Winter (And Spring Better Than Fall)

For those of you North Americans who don’t live in tropical or Mediterranean-style climates, we’re about to exit the time of year when people bitch about the cold and transition into the time of year when people bitch about the … 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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Little Earthquake’s Kick-Ass NYC Playlist

Photo by Julien Fourniol Earlier this year,┬áNew York magazine published its “Ultimate New York Playlist,” a collection of 25 songs (and then some) for a Big Apple-themed jamfest. It’s a great list, and a great idea. If only I had … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Playlist Essentials – Roam

The B-52s will forever be tied to “Love Shack.” It’s one of those venerable hits whereupon everyone rolls their eyes, then sings along for at least a bar or two (with the drunker among us shouting “tin roof, rusted” as … Continue reading

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