Let It Be (2021)

Fifty-one years ago, release as the “last” Beatles studio album, as they had disbanded. As everyone knows, Abbey Road was the last recorded studio album, it was just released before the oft-troubled Let It Be album. With the new Get Back book and six-hour film also arriving this fall, the Let It Be Special Edition: … More Let It Be (2021)

When I’m Sixty-Four

When you are ten years old, 64 seems unimaginable. Grandparents are that age. Hey wait, I’m a grandparent! Impossible!! I’m nine months into my 64th year. What a year it’s been. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. From the pandemic to the loss of a loved one to establishing life as a single to contemplating … More When I’m Sixty-Four

Left Field

In popular lore, left field is a region that is removed from the mainstream. To be “out of left field” is not exactly a compliment. According to journalist and speechwriter William Safire: Where in the heavens or on earth is ”left field”? How did that area on the baseball field become the metaphoric epitome of … More Left Field

Best Drum Grooves

The job of the drummer is to drive the train. The exceptional drummers do so taking you on a journey you’ve never traveled. The best grooves get your attention, but aren’t showy. Yes, drummers can be self-indulgent with exaggerated playing, tiresome soloing and drum kits that need their own zip code. It’s very difficult for … More Best Drum Grooves

Ticket to Ride

The Beatles left us to find the way Gone, alone to navigate eternity In my life, we live in a yellow submarine Tomorrow never knows the possibility The revolution disappeared for many Now it’s adulthood on Blue Jay Way Ask me why all you need is love I should have known better, yesterday Lovely Rita, … More Ticket to Ride

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