Category Archives: Music

Listen Here: “Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Having come of age in the 1970s I’m always thinking about whether the music was as bad then as so many say. There was some bad; there was some good. For those who don’t think the 60s produced a few … Continue reading

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Listen Here: “Don’t Be Angry” – Nappy Brown (1955)

“Don’t Be Angry” was written by  Nappy Brown, Rose Marie McCoy, and Fred Mendelsohn and published in 1955. Brown released it that year with it reaching #2 on the Billboard R&B charts and #25 on the US Best Seller list. It … Continue reading

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Listen here: “Darkness, Darkness” – The Youngbloods (1969)

An intense, perhaps depressing, but beautiful song. “Darkness, Darkness” was written by Jesse Colin Young in 1969, and released by The Youngblood‘s on their 1969 album Elephant Mountain. It has been frequently covered. At the time the group consisted of Young (bass, … Continue reading

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“Catch the Wind” – Donovan (1965)

“Catch the Wind” was written, recorded and released as a single by British singer-songwriter Donovan in 1965. The B-side was “Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?” The single reached No.4 in the United Kingdom singles chart and No.23 in the … Continue reading

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“The John Birch Society” – The Chad Mitchell Trio (1962)

Although the Chad Mitchell Trio started out singing conventional folk songs in the late 1950s, they had their greatest success with political satire including this song, which was a somewhat dangerous departure considering that McCarthyism was not that far in … Continue reading

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“You Were on My Mind” – Ian and Sylvia (1964)

Most people of a certain age know the We Five version of “You Were on My Mind.” Fewer (unless you are a Canadian or have lived in the country for 37 years) know the original by Ian and Sylvia, written by … Continue reading

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Listen Here: “Chandra” – Jaki Byard (1967)

“Chandra” is on Jaki Byard’s 1967 album Sunshine of My Soul on the Prestige label.

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Night Music: Bruce Springsteen – “Long Walk Home” (2007)

Bruce Springsteen played an incredible acoustic version of “Long Walk Home” at the election eve Philadelphia rally for Hillary Clinton. A good enough reason to post it.

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The History of America in Song and Story

Working as I do in the general vicinity of the University of Toronto is a special treat this time year as the various colleges that make up the school hold their annual alumni book sales. There are several of them … Continue reading

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Double Take: “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” – Skeets McDonald (1952), Perry Como (1953)

“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” was written by Slim Willet and published in 1952. It was first recorded by Slim Willet and the Brush Cutters, then by Ray Price, followed by Skeets McDonald in the Western swing style, reaching #1 on … Continue reading

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