Category Archives: Music

Memorable Album Covers of 2016

Memorable Album Covers of 2016 The success of Adele’s 25 triggered speculation that maybe, just maybe, record albums were coming back as an art form following years of declining sales. But by July, album sales figures released by Nielsen Music … Continue reading

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Al Green and the Family War

Art can divide a family. In 1973, my family lived near a network of ponds and fields on the northern fringe of Battle Creek, Michigan. You can visit the neighborhood anytime through Google Street View and even check out our … Continue reading

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Every Picture Tells My Story

When you reach your 50s, you start to experience the cruelties that life visits upon you if you hang around long enough, such as losing people you love or a job that puts bread on the table. The 50s are … Continue reading

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Why Ed Sheeran Might Need to Pay up in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Ed Sheeran is having a tough summer. In June, the writers of Matt Cardle’s single “Amazing” slapped Sheeran with a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming that Sheeran’s 2014 song “Photograph,” from his album X, copied “note-for-note” Cardle’s “Amazing,” written … Continue reading

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Memorable Album Covers: “Exile on Main St.”

Whenever I see the cover of Exile on Main St., I think of my courtship with Janice Deal in the late 1980s. We learned about each other through our vinyl collections during that time. Jan’s Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel … Continue reading

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Memorable Album Covers: Elton John’s “Greatest Hits”

Have you ever come across someone who captures a style that you can admire but never hope to emulate? Elton John made me awestruck when I found a copy of Greatest Hits in my sister Karen’s room when I was … Continue reading

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Awakening the Ghost of Jim Morrison

My life changed 35 years ago today. During the summer of 1981, I was living in Neumarkt, Germany, a little town nestled in the Bavarian hills. I was the guest of a couple of families kind enough to host a … Continue reading

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The “Stairway to Heaven” Lawsuit: How Permanent a Victory?

Led Zeppelin’s successful defense of “Stairway to Heaven” against an accusation of copyright infringement over the song “Taurus” is a victory for creativity — but how permanent a victory? The opening notes of “Stairway to Heaven” share, at best, a … Continue reading

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Paul Wrote “Hey Jude” for Me

You don’t listen to great songs. You experience them personally. They feel like they were written just for you. They take on different meaning each time you experience them because as your life changes and the context of the song … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Hug Your Fans

  Building fan love doesn’t mean pandering to your audience. Radiohead, which dropped its new album A Moon Shaped Pool digitally May 8, builds fan devotion by challenging and even confounding its audience, which is the right approach for a group whose … Continue reading

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