• Noteworthy: Cadie Calhoun is Unhitched

    Photos by Trey Clark

    A little girl. Just 10 years old. One push from her grandmother and one more from her mother made her step forward. Two generations of choir singers in her family, and they told her that she would be an opera singer. Beneath the warm lights of Temple Baptist Church, Cadie Calhoun first sang.

  • Noteworthy: ‘Bubblegum’music blows up

    Ritchie Cordell, Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz may not be names you know. However "Yummy Yummy Yummy," "Chewy Chewy," and "Hanky Panky" should be familiar. Before K-Pop and boy bands, the pre-adolescence of rock ‘n' roll brought us Bubblegum. After the Beatles cleared the rulebook, Sixties’ record executives saw a huge potential audience in the kids. Too young for newly-alloyed Hard Rock, kids were devouring cereal, sweets and cartoons. A handful of songwriters fed the assembly line of hitmakers from 1967-1972 and Bubblegum was briefly fashionable pop music.

  • The POWER of POWER POP

    When is rock in fashion, but never truly IN fashion?

    Any great YouTube dive into the past will result in a passel of ancient TV performances that reveal more than just music – you also see fashion. In the early Seventies, the Hippie craze simmered and long, bushy hair paired with Technicolor bright clothes became the way to stand out. Whether it was Marc Bolan leading T.Rex with his mixture of dandy and flashy clothes or Robert Plant taking a more earthy look toward its Adonis-like extremes. Rock and fashion proved to be inseparable. 

  • Noteworthy: Your Hit Parade

    In Japan, cultures are taught at the youngest age to honor their elders. The generation gap continues to turn large groups of people culturally against each other. So given how every generation enjoys the thrust and commonality of its brand of Pop, this is a great time to turn back the clock and see where it all originated.

  • Noteworthy: Just Write About Love

    “Like lost children, we live our unfinished adventures...” 
                                                                                   - Guy Debord

     

  • More Songs about Buildings (and food)

    "If Music be the food of love - play on!" - William Shakespeare

    Like Music (and Duke Orsino from Shakespeare's mixed-up comedy Twelfth Night, cited above), food can overwhelm and drown even the most ravenous appetite or just a few nibbles from a cornucopia of plates can satiate one and all. However, albums about food, with food on the cover or with food as a title are few and far between. So we sally forth to dine on a smorgasbord of the very best.

  • The Magic of Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

    When the TV special “Emmet Otter” returns to screens (and even hits the big screen) this Christmas, it is best to know that it has aged well because the producers and Muppet masterminds knew they were taking great risks with their growing family of viewers. However, The Muppets themselves were originally synonymous with using this special to push boundaries and test new ideas.

  • The Long of the Short Story

    As innocuous as it may seem, given the impending pressure of technology and the diminishing amount of personal time, the short story may be our best choice of literature. In just about 30 minutes, one short story can provide the necessary time away from screens and offer you the meditation you are searching for.

  • Smells Like School Spirit

    The kingdom of sports fandom is one that has long tolerated what you may call "the rebellious fan." While sports are in general designed to bring large groups of people together - it can be said, some of us definitely find a way to support our teams - yet sit apart.

  • FROM DOO-WOP TO SPRINGSTEEN: Rock ’n’ Roll has been synonymous with style since its inception

    "Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear." - Oscar Wilde.

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