Category Archives: Music

Monday Blues (10.06.14)

Otis Redding’s third album, Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, was released on September 15, 1965. It took less than 24 hours to record, with Otis and the Stax house band of Booker T. & the M.G.’s (joined by Isaac Hayes … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Prince

If you read my blog and these posts with any regularity, you will understand my love for the music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s–essentially, the soundtrack of the “baby boom” generation. But it would be wrong to think that … Continue reading

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Monday Blues (9.29.14)

Eddie James “Son” House (1902-1988) grew up around the Mississippi Delta, one of the homes of blues music. By his own account, as a “churchified” young man, he held the blues and other secular music in low regard. At the … Continue reading

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Friday Five: no rhyme, no reason

For those times… “Hurt” by Johnny Cash (2002) A masterful cover of a Nine Inch Nails hit from 1994, recorded by the “man in black” while on the edge of the end. “Everybody’s Hurts” by R.E.M. (1992) From their successful … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Chicano oldies

There are oldies and there are Chicano oldies. The music that resonated with the brown baby boomers of East L.A. is largely African American rhythm and blues music. It’s heavy on harmonies, on some interesting guitar work, and on a lot … Continue reading

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Friday Five: The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are the greatest rock band in the history of music. That’s it. Why? Here’s just five little reasons why… Note: A lot of these clips won’t play on mobile devices. Sorry. 5. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” … Continue reading

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Monday Blues (9.8.14)

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (2009) is a “classic” in the Summers Sandoval household. It was the first movie my first two kids ever saw in a movie theater, and became part of our “regular rotation” in the spring … Continue reading

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