Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique

As a wannabe guitar player, I’m drawn more to smooth sets of chords forming an irresistible melodic progression. A catchy and inventive guitar riff is a thing of beauty for the soul. Riffs seem most closely associated with rock’n’roll, which I agree, but they can be found across musical genres. Riffs catch the ear, and … More Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique

Best Albums of 1975

This was one of the most eclectic years in music. It was easy to hear any kind of music on the radio or placed on the charts. Radio was becoming equally divided between AM and FM stations, and crossover songs between genres was common. This was the heart of classic rock, a mixture of pop, … More Best Albums of 1975

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)

If I were going to pick an early David Bowie album to discuss, this would not have been it, but a discussion group I joined will sink their teeth into this album, so I have it a couple of spins. Wikipedia has a very detailed description of the album, songs and tour that resulted from … More The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)

Recording Engineers

Back in the old days, music was recorded in an actual recording studio on analog tape machines. In the early days of the Beatles, engineers wore white lab coats and neckties. Experimentation was frowned upon and only certain approved personnel could touch the knobs. There was no school to learn the process of sound or … More Recording Engineers

1971: Music From 50 Years Ago

What a great mix of musical styles. Pop, rock, heavy metal, R&B, blues. This was the singer-songwriter era too, the laidback Southern California sound. Carole King would have the largest selling album with Tapestry, the touchstone for the singer-songwriter generation. Other landmark albums were: Led Zeppelin IV, Fragile, Who’s Next, Sticky Fingers, Aqualung, What’s Going … More 1971: Music From 50 Years Ago


Read down to the end for a video clip of Bowie on Conan O’Brien. The first Bowie album I owed was a used copy of his greatest hits, ChangesOneBowie. I already knew a few of the songs, “Rebel, Rebel,” “Changes,” “Space Oddity” and “Fame.”  This album opened my curiosity to dig deeper into his music. … More Bowie