Tag Archives: #music

Music Monday: What‘s Your Favorite Christmas Song and Why?

By Christopher Ryan I usually last until a little further into December before I lose myself in Christmas music, but this year The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special did me in. Such a fun soundtrack, it offers a bunch … Continue reading

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Why Christine McVie’s Passing Hits Some of Us So Hard

By Christopher Ryan I’m not what would be recognized as a Fleetwood Mac fanatic, hardcore fan, or, um, even official fan. I’m just a music fan who spent my teen years in the 70’s and 80’s. And that means Christine … Continue reading

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WTF Wednesday: How Did This Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Gem Stay Hidden So Long?

When I first stumbled onto today’s topic in the morning, my plans for this particular blog were completely different. Then I hit play. After a startling 72 tracks shimmying across more than four hours (including banter) I am convinced that … Continue reading

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Music Monday: Roger Waters’ Comfortably Numb Video Makes Me Wish He’d Pull a Taylor Swift

I wandered onto YouTube last night and amid the “new releases” there was a video of “Comfortably Numb” by Roger Waters. Liking both the artist and the song, I innocently hit play. Mind blown. Not because it was part of … Continue reading

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Music Mondays: Bright Harmonies Defeat Politics

By Christopher Ryan We have an ongoing relationship with music. Sometimes old friends come back to visit. Other times, new sounds energize us wonderfully. This Monday series is about all of that. Like most of the country, I was just … Continue reading

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Bono and The Idea of America

by Christopher Ryan U2’s Bono spoke at the 23rd annual New Yorker Festival last night. Well, first he riled up the crowd, and sang, and recited new poetry, and sang some more. And then he ignited my soul. During his … Continue reading

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Sunday Chill: We All Need That Soft Groove Sometimes

Been a long, challenging week. Got my geezer badge, irreversibly sliding into the fourth quarter. Buried a mother who was at best equal parts battle and blessing. And I did all that with my Irish siblings whom I love, but … Continue reading

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Pandemic Plusses: James McMurtry Shares a Great Notion

Amid all the Coronavirus blues we got going on, there are some moments to applaud. Celebrities are giving online performances or reading children’s books (the LeVar Burton/Neil Gaiman exchange was beautiful, and worth Googling), or adapting to quarantine and doing … Continue reading

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Pandemic Plusses: The Last Thing I Expected to Do During the Pandemic Was Dance

Outside, a human wanders by, alone. Then no one comes into view for long stretches of time. A geezer wanders by with a small dog and a filled plastic bag. Remember back in the good old days when plastic bags … Continue reading

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Advice to a young artist

(I wrote this to a former student and musician who posted on FB a cool bit of music video of him playing a work in progress. He called it “trash” and, well …. This happened.) Stop calling your contributions to … Continue reading

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