I had a lot of driving to do yesterday. I wanted some CDs in my car so I could hear some music. I went for the classic 50′s album, The Paragons Meet the Jesters. Do you know it? It’s a battle of the bands, the Paragons and the Jesters and it’s great doo wop and it leads off with the classic by the Paragons “Florence.” It was a wonderful drive.
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I’m sitting here listening to Prince’s Purple Rain album — great album from a movie I like. I am writing a few blogs and I almost always listen to music when I write. Sometimes it’s the Ramones. Sometimes it’s Mozart. Depending on my mood, I listen to all sorts of things. Grant just walked by and he said he’s crazy about Prince, and Prince never seems dated. He said Prince is his favorite pop artist from the 1980s — Grant… Read More »
Several readers yesterday told me I have no business writing about music. It’s true I don’t know jack, but I figure I have as much business as anyone. So, today, in the no business category I want to say I love the girl groups that used to be. The Crystals, Marvelettes, Ronettes, to name just a few. And I never tire of Darlene Love’s vocals — she sang “He’s a Rebel.” What girl groups did you like?
Grant and I are sitting in the Cohn Zohn — at the dining room table of our media empire in the East Bay — and we’re waiting on NFL free agency, less than an hour away. While we wait we are listening to the Beach Boys Greatest Hits II. We both agree that the Beach Boys are better than the Beatles. The Beatles vs. The Stones? No contest. The Stones by a mile. I don’t feel the Beatles have aged… Read More »
I’m reading Keith Richards’ autobiography, “Life.” I try to alternate a work of fiction with a nonfiction book, and this is my nonfiction book. I’m about 100 pages into it and if you care about the Stones this book is a delight. Richards told his story to writer James Fox and Fox has given this a driving narrative and Richards’ voice is fascinating. I just read the part where Richards and Mick Jagger met on a train station as teenagers.… Read More »