Category Archives: Music

“Notorious” Associations

The old Duran Duran song “Notorious” was playing at the Red Arrow Starbucks (and outside at the ice rink, as well) when I made a coffee run earlier this afternoon. You know how music—like smells—can instantly transport you to another … Continue reading

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“Feel It Still” — Looking back from Portugal. The Man to Quincy Jones

Love, love, love this fabulous song, “Feel It Still,” by Portugal. The Man. Especially the brass! It reminds me of the even more fabulous Quincy Jones jazz sound of the 1960s. Which inspires me to post a few of my … Continue reading

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Visiting with Sonia

What a nice surprise this afternoon to discover that my old friend Sonia was broadcasting her WMSE (91.7FM) “Blues Drive” radio show from the Grohmann Museum to promote Gallery Night. I was working late this afternoon when I saw her … Continue reading

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“Sleep Walk” and a Fender Guitar

So I was at my office on campus today and walked into our main department office to get something from the printer. Our administrative assistant always has the radio tuned to our school’s radio station, WMSE (91.7 on your FM dial, … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#5) – “Barbara Allen”

“Barbara Allen” is a real downer of a song; no question about it. And it isn’t really a Christmas song, but I have always associated it with this time of year, dating from my first viewing of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#4) – “Silver Bells”

Christmas shopping when I was young meant pausing at magical window displays while trundling along snowy sidewalks in heavy coats and boots between the fancy department stores and the Woolworth’s and Kresge’s five-and-dime stores. Tinsel, pine boughs, and strands of multicolored lights … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#3) – Handel’s Messiah

Merry Christmas! For today’s post, I thought the most appropriate “song” might be Messiah, the most significant musical work ever composed about the life of Christ within the context of Biblical Old Testament prophecies about his birth and Gospels about his life, … Continue reading

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