By Tom Quiner “Both Sides Now” is one of Joni Mitchell’s best-known songs. It appeared on her 1967 album, Clouds. Rolling Stones put together a list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and ranked it #171. Ms. Mitchell’s original version was pretty barebones, dominated by her vocals and acoustic guitar. However, in 2000…Read More
There’s a problem with our modern culture. The culture is increasingly trying to twist sin and transform it into something virtuous. Perhaps the most brazen example was Planned Parenthood’s “shout your abortion” campaign, which encouraged women to proudly and publicly proclaim their abortions.Read More
Psalm 95 is a psalm of praise.
It suggests that, for starters, we need to be attentive, to open our hearts to God and listen for Him, our Father. We live in a noisy world with non-stop distractions.
When we slow down and quiet our soul, He comes to us. And when he whispers His lovely Words to us, be ready.Read More
I don’t listen to a whole lot of contemporary music these days.
The songs aren’t well-written. They frequently present values at odds with mine. And they’re over-produced, perhaps to mask the fact that they’re not well-written.
Gordon Goodwin weighed in on the subject on his Facebook page following the recent Grammy Awards. I don’t know much about Mr. Goodwin, other than he is himself an accomplished musician who has won Grammy and Emmy Awards.
Here is his take:Read More
I spent some time on the piano tonight playing Gershwin.
I’m a sucker for George’s irresistible melodies and Ira’s urbane lyrics. By contrast, I am less than enthralled with Beyonce’s lyrics and melodies.
Beyonce Knowles had a highly praised performance at the Grammies last night. Critics drooled over the way she showcased her bare baby bump. I am conflicted…Read More
Only a day after the sudden death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, the legendary Debbie Reynolds has also died.
The 84 year old actress died of natural causes.
She leaves behind a body of work that this blogger characterizes as simply delightful, none more so than her delightful portrayal as…Read More