Archive for the 'Music' Category

How Did I Miss This?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Yesterday Pat and I were over at the Walker for their annual show of the best of the British TV ads. They were quite entertaining, as always. While we were there, I became aware that the Walker is going to have a musical performance in late February called “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then“. This brings [...]

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Greg was in Austin over the weekend for three performances. He reports that they went really well, and notes there was a nice write up by the critic from the Austin Statesman. Greg also observed that one can get some real deal Texas-style BBQ at a place called “Black’s” in the town of Lockhart.

Recent News re John Phillip Sousa

Monday, August 4th, 2008

In 1929 the 32-story Foshay Tower opened in Minneapolis. It was the tallest building in the state for decades, and when it was built, I believe it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The building has recently been remodeled; the W Group has turned it into a hotel. These folks were really serious [...]

Grain-Oriented Musical Innovation

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Today’s NY Times had an obituary for Lee Hazlewood, whose most notable achievement appears to have been working with Nancy Sinatra on her hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Hazlewood was a producer and songwriter who worked with a number of artists. Among his innovations was helping “invent twang-rock by sticking a microphone and [...]

Dumbest Clucks Ever?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Prime candidates for the dumbest clucks ever were the goobers at Columbia Records, the people who worked with Aretha Franklin before she moved to Atlantic. If you can’t record great music when Aretha’s singing, there has to be something seriously wrong with you. On the other hand, I recently became aware of an important part [...]

Prize Awarded

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Our older son, Greg, is a doctoral student in music at the University of California, San Diego. He recently learned he was awarded the Erickson Prize, given to the best publishable quality research paper written by a student in the Music Department. More information on the Erickson Prize and other awards offered by the UCSD [...]

Brazilian Music

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

On many Sundays, my son Gregory gets together with a bunch of guys from Brazil to play Samba music at a restaurant called Portugalia, which is in the Ocean Beach section of San Diego. On March 11, 2007 Pat and I went to hear them play, and I took a few pictures, which can be [...]

The Day the Music Died

Monday, February 5th, 2007

There was an article in this morning’s Star Tribune focusing on the fact that it was at this time of year (February 3, 1959) that a plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. (Big Bopper) Richardson along with pilot Roger Peterson. The plane was flying from Clear Lake, Iowa to Morehead, Minnesota and [...]

Music in Perspective

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

In today’s Wall Street Journal there is a column about Jerry Wexler. Mr. Wexler and the recently deceased Ahmet Ertegun were the main guys at Atlantic Records. Trying to put the work of Atlantic Records in perspective, Wexler offered the following: “We started out making R&B – black music for black adults. A good way [...]