Review: Good Times!

30 May, 2016
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As I write this, I’m listening to the Monkees’ new album. Do you believe that? After 50 years, the Monkees are still relevant (as of today, the album is #1 on Amazon). Stream-of-consciousness reactions: Good Times! The subject is typically Monkees: …

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If they asked me, I could write a book*

26 December, 2015
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Maybe not a book, but I could definitely write a paper, or an article, or a pop music history lesson plan about it. Ready? Here it is: Ringo Starr did not play on the recording of the song “Please Please Me,” …

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PMJ

8 June, 2015
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Since buying the tickets six weeks ago, I had been anticipating the Postmodern Jukebox concert last night with great enthusiasm. For those who don’t know, PMJ is the country’s — maybe even the world’s — hottest cover band. They don’t …

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Stop the press.

10 July, 2014
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“Words I Love” will have to wait for another day. (Iwon’twriteaboutLeBronIwon’twriteaboutLeBronIwon’twriteaboutLeBronIwon’twr—) Alas, no. I need to address the video that’s gone crazy around the world. You know, the one that features a studio track of Britney Spears, singing without any enhancers such …

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Ashokan Farewell

30 June, 2014
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I can’t tell you how this beautiful song haunts me. Recently, the Thriller and I reached the end of Ken Burns’s epic docu-series The Civil War, which I’d seen 20-some years ago, but wanted to revisit. It was at the same time awesomely inspiring and …

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