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The Young Change Titanically

The Young Change Titanically

Riffing off my previous essay, with its slightly tongue-in-cheek usage of the word schizoid, I thought I’d take a quick look at major changes within bands themselves during the 60s. Two come to mind easily: The Moody Blues and the Beatles. Listen to the Moody Blues’ first hit from 1964, Go Now. It doesn’t set trends. It follows them. It’s well within the parameters of the British Pop Invasion, with its echo of American Pop R&B and Blues. Yes, it…

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Adelian Heartbreak

Adelian Heartbreak

This is a singer. She melts like Billie. She coos and riffs like Ella. She falls apart and gets right back up like Petula. The music, the chords, the piano and her veracity break us down. She is not just part of the third British Wave – as if the wave sweeps over the notes and crushes their singularity. Adele, daughter of a teenage mother, has an old soul, an all-soul, and it breaks across the scat, the phrasing, and…

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A Rock and Roll Revolution

A Rock and Roll Revolution

  Caught part of an interesting radio essay on NPR’s Fresh Air.  Rock historian Ed Ward  reviewed a new collection of old Chuck Berry recordings from the 50s. Twas great to hear another side of his music. Blues and old-time Rock, rather than the early Pop Rock he was famous for. Here’s a link for the review. I think in light of current events, we all could use a bit of Rock and Roll for the soul, for the heart,…

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