October 20, 2019

Veterans Day: John Gorka – Let Them In

This Is Your Heart On Music

When we speak of “pop” music, we are using shorthand to describe “popular” music. Yet I cannot help but think of “pop” as in soda pop, the teeth-rotting sugar water we guzzle by the barrel. St. Paul Harvey once said, “The best thing you can say about soda pop is that it is worthless.” I […]

Summer Sounds from CM: The List

The List by Roseanne Cash, 2009 When Roseanne Cash was a teenager, she was on tour with her father, Johnny Cash. One day as they were talking about songs, he realized that she did not know some of the songs that he considered essential for any singer-songwriter to know. So, he gave her a list […]

My Early, Influential Albums

Today, I will share with you some of the formative music that shaped my life. To start, let me place myself: I was born in 1956, so that means I missed the fifties and didn’t become a teenager until the end of the sixties. Elvis was not my idol as a young boy, and though […]

Summer Sounds from CM: A Most Entertaining Evening

Concert Review Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, with Edie Brickell Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN. July 27, 2013 * * * Start with a talented, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band. Add one of the funniest men in the world, who also happens to be an accomplished banjo player with a Grammy of his own, to […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Soothing Summer Nights with Pat Metheny

One of my favorite musicians is Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist extraordinaire. I especially like his work with his band, Pat Metheny Group. In previous posts I have listed their 1987 album, “Still Life (Talking)“ as one of my top five records of all time. In addition to his regular colleagues and collaborations with other musicians, […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Dave

Summer would not be summer for my kids without one word: Dave. Oh yeah, and I love Dave and his band too. Dave Matthews Band concerts are an annual rite of summer for them and for many around the country, as throngs turn out to hear amazing live music. DMB is a group that defies […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Bluegrass and acoustic music of all kinds is a big part of summer. There are many great classic bluegrass groups and artists, but I’ll focus on the current generation today. My wife knows all about it, so it’s safe for me to confess: I’ve been in love with Alison Krauss for years. And though I […]

Summer Sounds from CM: That Sunny 60’s Sound

Since it is officially summer in the good ol’ U.S.A. now, I have been listening to some of that happy music that used to play on AM radio when I was a kid, the great summery songs that played over the sound system at the pool. It spoke of freedom, romance, and the idealism of […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Album of the Year (so far)

Still Fighting the War by Slaid Cleaves This is my town Out in the rust belt fields We were bangin’ out Buicks and Oldsmobiles There was always a job And the money was there Some say we got a little lazy Nobody seemed to care But they figured it out And sent the elbow grease […]