Al Green and the Family War

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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 old house at 242 Wanondoger Trail. The area still looks pretty ...

Memorable Album Covers: The Sensual Soul of “Al Green’s Greatest Hits”

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Al Green oozes playful sensuality on the cover of Al Green's Greatest Hits. The album was a popular summation of his career when it was released in April 1975, showcasing his sweet, aching voice on songs such as "Let's Stay Together." Most greatest hits packages are nothing more than blatant ...

A Slice of Hip-Hop: “What Would Jesus Do (WWJD),” by DATz DEM

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Are you ready for some gospel hip-hop? Check out "What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)," from DATz DEM, which consists of artists ILL Son and Focist P. The opening moments of "WWJD" evoke Marvin Gaye's gospel side, with a soulful vocal floating above strings before ILL Son and Focist P trade ...

You’re a fine DJ, Mr. President

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I've often said that brands are the new DJs because of the exposure they can give to musicians through the commercial use of their songs. And it turns out that the president of the United States can be one, too. Sales of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" have increased 490 ...

Let us now praise old rock and rollers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

On September 16, B.B. King turned 83, just weeks after releasing his latest recording, the well received One Kind Favor, and on the same day, 59-year-old Lindsey Buckingham blessed us with Gift of Screws, thus continuing a run of great music created by rock, country, and blues musicians who could ...