Condition

Haha. An american friend of mine thought I was singing I’m a baby sea tuna instead of “I’m on BBC2 now.” https://t.co/cP3kAMtwgK — Αλεξ Καπράνος (@alkapranos) March 24, 2020 If you’re around at 6pm Eastern, or whatever time elsewhere, do attend these listening parties. I listened to the Franz Ferdinand one last night. The Blur […]

Saucy Kip

I watched the film Hired Gun, about session musicians. As this review accurately puts it, “two sorts of audience member are especially well-served here: metal heads and devotees of Billy Joel.” It kept my interest nonetheless. Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, I was not shocked to learn that one can go directly […]

How Bizarre

  Paul McCartney wrote “Lovely Rita” after getting a parking ticket The Bee-Gees got the beat for “Jive Talkin’” from the sound of driving on a causeway After being refused entry to Studio 54, Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards wrote “Le Freak” Let me stop here and ask: do any of the above excessively tax […]

Handel With Care

    He was stubborn, astute, determined, cunning, art-loving, gregarious, solitary, humorous and wonderfully compassionate and generous in his dealings with the Foundling Hospital, the Fund for Decayed Musicians and the Lock Hospital for women in distress. -Review, Handel in London: The Making of a Genius, Financial Times, September 29/30, 2018   Fund for Decayed Musicians? […]

Scaling Up

    This week’s Science class got me thinking about Frank Zappa. All I knew about him was that he was a good musician and that he’d given his children names that, uh, never made my shortlist. So I watched a documentary on him. An interesting cat, to be sure, but I’m afraid music based […]

Reading Comprehension

  Last summer Rod Stewart came through Boston for a private concert. The newspaper mentioned he’d dined someplace downtown. I was surprised because I’d been there once myself, for a fundraiser. It’s one of those shiny Irish pub simulacra. The thing was, the article said he dined there twice. I remember thinking: Huh? I’d have […]

G.I. Blues

  Concerned about the prospect of a third world war now that China has invaded Vietnam, Maurice, 29, expresses the fear that he could be eligible for an emergency draft call since he is a U.S. resident. – “The Bee Gees Are Earthly Angels,” Rolling Stone, May 17, 1979   It was sixty years ago […]