Several top record labels will turn off the music in order to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people.
Anyone who has closely followed his career during his lifetime and after his untimely death in 1997 knows Buckley's uncanny gift of covering a popular or obscure song and making it his own.
Johnny Mathis had us at hello. He owned the October 30th Friday night sold out audience of the Tilles Center of Performing Arts with his first song, "Life is a Song."
Though he has become one of music's most enduring talents, Mathis was also a superlative athlete in his high school and college years.
America the Beautiful is a beloved patriotic song -- written by a woman! Women have contributed to the field of music as singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors. Match the woman with her accomplishment.
As she tells "Oprah's Master Class," Keys was only 16 years old when it started looking like she would be offered her very
Frank Loesser disliked repeating himself. When he produced book, music and lyrics for The Most Happy Fella in 1956, he decided to go operatic. Not all the way, but more than he ever had before -- "My Time of Day" from Guys and Dolls, notwithstanding.
"Desolation Row" is over eleven minutes of anything, everything. For nearly fifty years, Bob Dylan's fans, critics, and writers have been trying to say what it's about. To me, it's a song I love to listen to, and one of the last great works of Modernism.
Whenever performers -- such as Mary Bridget Davies in A Night With Janis Joplin, at the Lyceum -- impersonate iconic figures, they're going to be compared to the original, whether they like it or not. They certainly can't be surprised when they are.
As David Bromberg says of Dylan, "the man can put across a song like no one else can." Give him an instrument or two, a microphone, and let him sing. What a present, what a feast, that these songs on Another Self Portrait show just that side of Bob Dylan.