Autobiographies by musicians are usually filled with partying, conquests and namedropping. I’ve read a ton of them and most I’ve forgotten before turning the final page. They are usually quick reads on a weekend, cotton candy for the brain. Even though most are mediocre, that does not stop me from reading them. Here are five … More Top Five Music Memoirs
It usually takes skill and/or training to be successful at your craft. Talent also helps, but in popular music, there is another factor, the material and the presentation that matter to fans. There are tons of singers, just watch one of of those TV talent shows, most of which you wouldn’t pay money to hear. … More Singers or Vocalists?
What makes an impressive debut album? A million copies sold? Hit singles? Your face on the cover of Rolling Stone? Having fans and critics stand up and take notice. Lasting impact. The start of something greater. These are ones that are familiar to me. This list is certainly not inclusive and is obviously just my … More Impressive Debut Albums
The 1980s was not my favorite decade, especially for music, but there are some hidden treasures. I’ve bypassed the more famous bands and artists in favor of ones that may be a mystery to you. Incredibly, the majority of these artists are still performing today. The 1980s was a strange decade for music. Radio format … More Music: Hidden Treasures of the 1980s
I’ve had the opportunity to meet a variety of musicians over the years. I collect autographs and have built up a nice collection. The opportunity to have an interaction, although usually brief, has been a great thrill. Celebrities understand that fan encounters are part of the game, although it no doubt gets weary and can … More Interactions with Famous Musicians
Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello long ago decided to keep from repeating himself. His career has taken many turns, ups and downs, changes of direction, different musical partners, and incorporated changing influences. On his 2020 release, Hey Clockface, he returns with an eclectic collection of musical styles and ideas. I sampled reviews from critics about this album … More Elvis Costello: Hey Clockface
Who are the best songwriters? There are many to choose from. There are some great songwriting teams, but I am only going to talk about individuals who write both music and lyrics. These are in no particular order. Bob Dylan – Bob has been at it for nearly 60 years. He is not a great … More Best Songwriters
Open up any page in Elvis’ autobiography and you hit gold, like dropping the needle anywhere onto his vast discography. Elvis’ career is now into decade number five. Elvis Costello was a gangling British punk kid who burst onto the recording scene in America somewhere around rise of the punk era, but Elvis was no … More Elvis Costello: Get Happy!