I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE titled Bleeding Heart Liberal Petitions. Most days, I receive a slew of emails with petitions for various causes such as saving an endangered species, urging my representatives in state and federal government to vote for or against a particular bill, protest an injustice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Facebook page. [Continue reading]
MY OLD (OLD) BUDDY, Jerichau St. John, posted a cartoon on my Facebook page. It struck an immediate chord in my record collector’s soul. I left a comment for JSJ and then went looking for the image online. I found it and I am sharing it here with my readers. The cartoon is by Alex Gregory and was published in The New Yorker on May 25, 2015. [Continue reading]
WHILE TWEAKING AN ARTICLE for publication on my Tell It Like It Was publication on Medium, I noticed that I had referred to lead singer Diana Ross’s soft, whispery vocals on all three of the Supremes’ #1 hits of 1964 as “sex kittenish.” They certainly were coyly flirtatious and the antithesis of most soul singers of the ’60s. [Continue reading]
IN NOVEMBER 1968, the Beatles released their long-awaited new album. It had been eighteen months since the release of their landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an unheard of period of time between albums in the ’60s. Unlike the over-the-top presentation of the earlier album, the new album did not have a clever title or an excessively busy and colorful jacket.
MY ATTENTION remains focused on Tell It Like It Was, my new publication on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was remains focused on music—mostly music of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues before and after that decade eventually. [Continue reading]