Parsing the Lyrics of “Love Comes Walking In”

Poetic license is a powerful tool that enables writers to paint with a broad brush, to use words like an impressionist rather than a realist. It’s armor against the literalists who expect every I to be dotted and T to be crossed, yet it’s also a handy defense for mediocrity for those who can’t be … Continue reading "Parsing the Lyrics of “Love Comes Walking In”"

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Singing in my sleep (again)

I awoke this morning with Poison’s “Something to believe in” in my head. Perhaps needless to say, this makes me uncomfortable. Sure, I went to high school in the 1980’s, so my brain is littered with fragments of hair-band anthems and images of red-zebra-striped spandex, so I can’t be surprised that one of those soundtrack-to-wine-coolers-chugged-in-Bernie’s-Chevy-Malibu … Continue reading "Singing in my sleep (again)"

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The worst song ever (runner up) – Feel Like Making Love

I’m sure this assertion will seem heretical to fans of classic rock radio, where Paul Rodgers’ popularity continues to defy plausible explanation, but it’s time someone spoke up about the bloated emperor’s lack of clothes. If there is a less romantic romance song than Bad Company’s “Feel like making love”, I’ve been blessed to have … Continue reading "The worst song ever (runner up) – Feel Like Making Love"

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The worst song ever (runner up) – More Than Words

There are a variety of ways you can make a song horrible—flat singing, sappy arrangements, or even having it performed by David Sanborn (whose comically emotive saxophone performances look like a scatological SNL skit writ large.) But these are performance issues, stylistic decisions that limit a song’s appeal without damning the song itself—after all, David … Continue reading "The worst song ever (runner up) – More Than Words"

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The worst song ever (runner up): Kokomo

Now and then, a song wriggles its way through the music industry process despite defying all tenons of good taste and artistic quality and gets its 15 minutes of fame with the general public. What these sporadic occurrences demonstrate is that while the means of getting discovered is constantly evolving (Mtv, MySpace, YouTube, et al), … Continue reading "The worst song ever (runner up): Kokomo"

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The worst song ever (runner up): Signs

“Signs”, by the one-hit wonder Five Man Electrical Band (with a clever name like that, who could have imagined a future of obscurity?) is nothing short of dangerous when it comes on the car radio: I immediately stab at the dashboard in order to change the station, moments later finding myself with the defrost blowing … Continue reading "The worst song ever (runner up): Signs"

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