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  1. Eva Cassidy - "Cheek To Cheek"

    For me, this is the best version of the song. Cassidy had a classic sound that put her on the same level with the Dinah Washington types that could deliver these standards.
  2. Just Once More?

    This is a tough one, since most artists who can still make music are still making music (didya know Petula Clark is still at it?). But a guy who is still out and about but hasn't done any original material for a while is Smokey Robinson. Someone give that guy a pen and an analog studio, then see what happens.
  3. Irish vs. American Barbeque?

    I love Ireland and the Irish, but their taste buds are adapted from the potato famine when they had to subsist on mildew and tree bark, which is what most of their food tastes like. The "Irish Breakfast" is foul indeed. Great beer though.
  4. Song/Video of the day

    This is what happens if you combine "Layla," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," and "Chelsea Dagger" by the Fratellis.
  5. Commodore SX-64 "Portable computer"

    I remember the Commodore 64, which you could program in Basic - early training for HTML. I wrote a few "choose your own adventure" stories using the If>Then commands. You could hook a cassette player to these things and use the tape as a drive. Still not sure how that worked, but I swear it happened. Remember playing a very rudimentary skiing game with it.
  6. Glen Campbell's Legacy

    Glen Campbell was one of the most popular and talented entertainers of his time, but his legacy might be in fostering understanding of Alzheimer's disease. When he was diagnosed in 2011, he not only went ahead with his scheduled tour, but extended it indefinitely. It was unprecedented: The audience was told of his condition and prepared for moments of forgetfulness (he used a teleprompter for lyrics). Instead of being pitied, he was celebrated, and he loved it. For a while, it went surprisingly well, and at times it even seemed like Campbell was improving. He pulled off an appearance on Leno and a performance at the Grammy Awards, where he was also honored. His last show was in November 2012, when he couldn't stay lucid and it became clear he could no longer perform. All of this was documented in the film I'll Be Me, which is a captivating look at his life with a very intimate look at the progression of his disease on his Goodbye Tour. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13AslSXg7w
  7. Song/Video of the day

    The original version of "Spoonman" without the smothering guitars. I like this a lot better.
  8. Allsop Orbitrac 3 Pro LP Cleaner

    Any non-essential item that you choose to clean will likely bring you joy: cars, guns and leather boots are good examples.
  9. Song/Video of the day

    It takes video to truly understand Lee "Scratch" Perry. Got more insight in these four minutes than in any magazine story or book that covered him.
  10. "Raumpatrouille" (1966)

    At the 11-minute mark, watch the dance they do in the background. Not that far off from the one you see in The Sound Of Music.
  11. Chester Bennington Dies

    Bennington, a good friend of Chris Cornell, has apparently killed himself in similar fashion. At 41, Bennington left behind six children, and like Cornell, seemed fine beforehand. Maybe someday neuroscientists will explain how a switch could flip in the brain to trigger something like this. I always thought accomplishment delivered a sense of self-worth that could prevent this from happening, but there's a lot about brain chemistry I don't know. Linkin Park was one of the biggest bands on Songfacts in our early years, and as you can tell in the hundreds of comments on their pages, Bennington's words helped a lot of people through difficult times. He shared his pain so others could conquer theirs.
  12. Your Personal Top Ten-1960-1970

    1960 - "Shakin' All Over" - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates 1961 - "Stand By Me" - Ben E. King 1962 - "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley 1963 - "Fingertips (Part 2)" - Stevie Wonder 1964 - "She's Not There" - The Zombies 1965 - "I Hear a Symphony" - The Supremes 1966 - "Lightnin' Strikes" - Lou Christie 1967 - "Fire" - Jimi Hendrix 1968 - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" - The Rolling Stones 1969 - "Kozmic Blues" - Janis Joplin 1970 - "Big Yellow Taxi" - Joni Mitchell Going by release date here. A good way to find a list of songs by year is typing in the date in the search on the main site. The option for "released" will appear like this:
  13. Added this category, but feels like we're missing a bunch: http://www.songfacts.com/category-songs_about_destiny_or_fate.php Any ideas?
  14. Randy Newman on BBC radio

    Worth it for the tagline: "Randy Newman sits at his piano and talks about why he is conflicted about his country."
  15. Broadcast/NAB Cart Machine

    Oh shoot. Now you're gonna make me look in the basement to see if I still have any carts lying around. These things were a huge part of my life for many years. Every piece of audio was on these, so during commercial breaks, you'd have to dance around loading them up. If you got in a jam, you'd pull one out without cuing it back up, which meant that if you forgot to put it back in and recue it, the next guy would get the dreaded silence when he played it. When the machines got old or if the parts got worn, they would "eat carts," resulting in a tape spaghetti. If it ate a particular song, that tune might drop out of rotation unless it was worth finding the album (or later, CD) and transferring it to another cart. Ah, analog days.
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