Category Archives: Music

10 Great Movie Soundtracks

Lately, I’ve been bagging on movie soundtracks. Didn’t like Prometheus, didn’t like the Hunger Games. I thought I’d spotlight some movies that did get it right. The Harder They Come (1972), Jimmy Cliff and various artists This was the first … Continue reading

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My Own Personal Whitney Tribute

Whitney Houston just died, like so many too-young people with addiction problems, in a hotel of unknown causes. The new and old media will be buzzing with the story, with breathless updates of any new detail, showing clips of the … Continue reading

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More Great Story Songs of Yore

Previously on Great Story Songs of Yore: I honored some doozies. Here are some more: Ode to Billie Joe What was Billie Joe throwing off the Tallahatchie Bridge? And why did he kill himself again? These were some of the … Continue reading

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My Guilty Pop Playlist

In case anyone is ever in danger of being intimidated by my sophisticated musical tastes, here’s my secret shame: I have a playlist for when I’m in the mood for sappy pop songs. Some highlights: 1. Your Love The Outfield … Continue reading

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What Writers Can Learn From Eminem

Taking off from the notion that good writing can be found in the unlikeliest of places, here are some lessons from the volatile rapper: (Potentially offensive material ahead–proceed with caution.)

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Great Story Songs of Yore

Is it just me or is the melodramatic story song a lost art? Here are some gems from the long-ago time before “niche programming” made pop songs about cannibalism all but impossible to pull off. Run, Joey, Run Thank you, … Continue reading

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