MY APOLOGIES for neglecting regular readers of my blogs for the past few months. Fortunately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly rumors circulated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a progressive commune in Vermont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. [Continue reading]
ONCE AGAIN it’s happened: I accidentally pushed the Publish button on WordPress instead of the Save Draft button. Of course, the two buttons shouldn’t be near one another so accidents like these should never occur.
But the two buttons are a couple of inches apart and when I’m focused on composing sometimes I just press the wrong damn button. [Continue reading]
DOES YOUR BABY DO THE HANKY PANKY? The question asked on Quora was “Are Pop lyrics getting more and more repetitive?” Instead of a well-reasoned, thoughtful answer, I posted this instead (and my complete answer is between the two lines):
This is the Roulette Records version of Hanky Panky that was the #1 hit on Billboard and Cash Box and sold millions of copies in 1966. [Continue reading]
A YOUNGER MEMBER of Quora—meaning significantly younger than me—asked me to answer the question, “Which musicians ruined their careers with their reckless behavior?” Quora is the place I seem to get rather easily dragged into on an almost daily basis, generally answering questions about Elvis. This question was more general but actually encompassed Presley. [Continue reading]
BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or memorabilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of financial success because they do not understand a few basic concepts on determining collectability and value of the “seldom found.” Because this a record collectors website, I will generally refer to records below, but you can substitute almost any other collectable and the comments remain virtually unchanged. [Continue reading]