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mitch-cullin's picture
Jul.05.2012
The David Bowie book in THE FIRST TIME I HEARD series is now live on Amazon. Barnes & Noble, and iTunes Bookstore for $2.99, edited by Scott Heim. I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to this project, and as with the Joy Division/New Order book, I'm in some really awesome company....
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
May.07.2012
All during the weekend I heard a song that immediately reminds me of eighth grade: "Fight For Your Right To Party" by the Beastie Boys. Of course this was because Adam Yauch died at the age of forty-eight, way too young. As mentioned, it reminded me of eighth grade. And how there are times I am so...
charles-a-ray's picture
May.21.2010
As a child, and then a young man, growing up on a small – and, I mean REALLY SMALL – farm in East Texas, I spent a lot of time listening to the radio.  When I was twelve, I started working full-time at night after school and basketball, and the radio was the only thing that kept me going. I...
ann-mcchesney-young's picture
May.20.2010
Among my earliest memories, I hear my mother playing the popular songs that she loved on the upright piano in the bedroom my sister and I shared. I remember her playing Lullaby of Broadway and Elmer's Tune; those tunes are permanently embedded in my mind from 55+ years ago. I was...
cara-lorello's picture
May.19.2010
Though this is more my dad's generation (I came into the world in '81), the Stones' sound and style is timeless and transcends styles as they change with each passing decade. The Stones, like other classic rock bands and artists from their time (i.e. The Who, Zepplin, Hendrix, etc.) have realeased...
jacquelyn-mitchard's picture
May.19.2010
Even the first time we heard about it -- before we ever heard it actually played -- it sounded goofy. 'Vincent?' Who was Vincent and why would anyone write a song about him? It wasn't 'Sherry' (second grade?) or even 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown' (what grade that was, I've mercifully blocked). 'Vincent?'...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Aug.03.2008
“There are two kinds of music in the world: good music and the other kind.” --attributed to Duke Ellington.When Elizabeth replied to my profile on some dating site or other in early 2002, she mentioned that she’d been a classical pianist. According to my memory, that, more than anything else,...