Stills – Collins

We all know the history, right? Stephen and Judy were “an item” for some time in the Sixties, and Stephen wrote “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” for/about her. It appeared on the first Crosby Stills & Nash album and was released as a single in 1969. All these years later they’ve teamed up on a lovely …

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Damn Yankees

Mostly on general principles. The Giants and the Yankees are ancient enemies of the Dodgers. There have been 11 World Series in which they have been the opposing teams. Eleven! The Yankees’ comeback from an 0-2 deficit in the American League Division Series against the Indians, previously the hottest team in that league from July …

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Vietnam, the music

The music to this documentary is a soundtrack of my life, which isn’t all that surprising, since the film starts in 1962, about when I began listening to AM radio. Here’s the playlist for tonight’s episode seven: Here are playlists for the previous six episodes. There’s a 27-song soundtrack album available at iTunes or Amazon.

A song for the unmasked alt-right

I suspect the Chad Mitchell Trio would be stunned to know this song of theirs would be newly applicable in 2017 in the United States of America. This one’s for all those whiners who showed up unhooded and unmasked in Charlottesville this weekend only to discover their employers and college classmates didn’t share their enthusiasm …

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A different version

Everybody knows Ray Charles’s version of this song. Here’s Becky Kilgore’s and Dave Frishberg’s cover, from their “Not a Care in the World” album. I think I first heard these two together on Fresh Air about fifteen years ago, and it was a revelation to hear her sing and hear Frishberg (who wrote “I’m Just …

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The Lark Ascending

There’s a scene in Eric Flint’s “1632” in which a collection of Spanish Army soldiers is holed up in a castle, besieged by a regiment or so of combined 21st-century American and 17th-century German soldiers. As an act of psychological warfare, the American general starts playing music (yes, this is reminiscent of the tactics the …

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