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Music and Meaning · 3d ago

Song of the Day, March 20: I Want to Be Here by case/lang/veirs

Today’s song is a magical celebration. When k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, and Neko Case combined forces as case/lang/veirs, they brough three compatible but distinct approaches to music into a lov...
Music and Meaning · 4d ago

Album of the Week, March 19: Glass Houses by Billy Joel

Billy Joel had music in his life from birth. His father was a classical pianist who fled Europe to escape the Nazis. His mother, another Jewish refugee, encouraged music in the household and...
Music and Meaning · 6d ago

Song of the Day, March 17: (Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again by L.T.D.

Today’s song is the biggest hit of a successful 70s R&B group. In 1968, members of Sam & Dave’s backing band formed Love Men Ltd. in Greensboro, NC. They added a couple of members and reloca...
Music and Meaning · 1W ago

Song of the Day, March 13: MacArthur Park by Richard Harris

Today’s song was a surprise chart smash — twice. The first version of MacArthur Park came about through a serious of interactions. Producer Bones Howe challenged Jimmy Webb to write a radio-...
Music and Meaning · 1W ago

Song of the Day, March 10: Sometimes A Fantasy by Billy Joel

Today’s song finds a well-known balladeer make a different approach pay off. By the time he released his finest album, 1980’s Glass Houses, Billy Joel was a bona fide star. A string of Top 2...
Music and Meaning · 2W ago

Song of the Day, March 6: An Audience With the Pope by Elbow

Today’s song is a bit of whimsy with serious consequences. By the time Elbow recorded their fourth album — the Mercury Prize winning The Seldom Seen Kid — they had refined a distinctive soun...
Music and Meaning · 2W ago

Album of the Week, March 5: Heart Like A Wheel by Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt grew up in Tucson, AZ, the daughter of pioneering Arizona ranchers of mostly German and Mexican descent. Her whole family loved music, and she absorbed a wide array of styles ...
Music and Meaning · 3W ago

Song of the Day, March 2: Highs & Lows by Emeli Sandé

Today’s song is a celebration of life. Emeli Sandé’s magnificent second album explores the challenges of life and live in a diverse musical setting. The penultimate track is one of the fines...
Music and Meaning · 3W ago

Song of the Day, February 27: You’re No Good by Linda Ronstadt

Today’s song launched Linda Ronstadt’s career as the queen of the chart cover hit. After a solid start with the Stone Poneys, Ronstadt released a string of country-pop albums with moderate s...
Music and Meaning · 3W ago

Song of the Day, Febrary 24: Quite Ugly One Morning by Warren Zevon

Today’s song is a delightfully charming look at life on the day after nuclear Armageddon. Warren Zevon’s 1991 album Mr. Bad Example is classic Zevon, blending dark tales, wry wit, odd charac...