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  1. Carl

    "Sunflower" by Post Malone

    This is very elegant in look and sound. Love it.
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    Grundig vs. Philips: Cassette Wars!

    Wow, I've never seen those Grundig things before. Wonder if they were like Beta, better but doomed.
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    RIP Peter Tork of the Monkees.

    I love that the Monkees were revived in 1986 on MTV. And it wasn't a "reboot" with new actors trying to re-create the magic - they just showed the same episodes again.
  4. The Human Beinz song originally by the Isley Brothers - "Nobody But Me" is being used in a great Nike commercial. But I know it appeared in at least one other commercial a long time ago, maybe in the '80s. Anyone know what that was? I remember the lyrics were changed to reflect whatever they were selling: something like "Nobody cooks fish like we do. Nobody makes meat loaf like we do." But I don't think it was food.
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    The "Old" Songfacts Gang

    Agree. Hope they life you never imagined is a good one.
  6. Linda Ronstadt hasn't sung in 10 years because of her Parkinson's disease. This video is a great look at how she's doing today, which can be summed up in two words: Acceptance Uncompromising She retains a huge fan base that really connected with her music and her struggle.
  7. Carl

    "Stan and Ollie" (2018)

    Now if Abbott and Costello can get their own biopic...
  8. Billy Joel's version of "All Shook Up." He does a bang-up Elvis.
  9. Carl

    Best Workout Songs

    And 15 years later, we finally have a category: https://www.songfacts.com/category/popular-workout-songs
  10. Carl

    On The Radio

    A Tom Petty tribute tune
  11. When I prepare for an interview, at some point the essence of the subject becomes clear, and I know what I want to ask. It took me a few days to get there with Adam Duritz. Most of us have some overarching theme that comes through in our worldview, and songwriters often express that in their songs. For much of Adam's career, this was the burden of fame, as Counting Crows released one of the best-selling debut albums of all-time, and in a short period of time, Adam's intimate moments became public - not just in his terrestrial life, but also in his songs. But that was a long time ago. Now that the adulation has subsided, Adam has become more guarded in his creative output, which means he won't just pour his heart out in a song and foist it on the public. The last Counting Crows album was all cover songs, which spared him this burden. This all stems from Adam's revelation that his songs are all about him. He doesn't enter the mind of someone else, and he doesn't write on spec (even that Shrek song delved into his psyche). When I spoke with Adam yesterday, I was happy to hear him expound on upcoming projects with a newfound passion. With that out of the way, we explored songwriting technique, where he explained that it's the rich, authentic details that matter. Adam mentions real and specific people and places in his songs (Anna, the New Amsterdam), which is what paints their vibrant colors. And yes, Springsteen came up in this conversation. I'll post the link once we put this together, but wanted to share some of these thoughts while they were still fresh. As an aside, if you were to put boy parts together to create the perfect specimen that would attract beautiful actresses, you would end up with the 1994-1996 version of Adam. His combination of mystery and talent landed him two Friends stars when the show was the hottest thing on TV, plus Mary Louise Parker, Samantha Mathis, and a few others he remains coy about.
  12. Carl

    RSS Feed for Blog

    Zhivko created an RSS feed for our Songwriter Interviews and feature stories, which includes the Songfactor's Choice. On any interview, just click the little RSS icon: This means every time we post an interview or story, it will show up in your feed reader, which in my case is my Yahoo home page. This RSS thing is a good way to find out when a new post happens without having to constantly check the blog. Post here if you want to know more.
  13. If you've been on Facebook, you've seen it - list 9 concerts you've seen and one you haven't, we'll guess the lie. Here's mine: Indigo Girls AC/DC George Clinton Aimee Mann Bruce Springsteen Sleater-Kinney Eddie Money Dave Matthews Band Pearl Jam The Black Keys
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    Leonard Cohen Has Died

    It appears that Leonard Cohen has passed away. One of the truly great songwriters of his time, he made the kind of music that merits discussion, which made him a Songfacts favorite. His most famous song, by far, is "Hallelujah," which has consistently been one of the most-discussed and analyzed. Details aren't out yet, but he just released and album called You Want It Darker. It's hard to tell if the album is informed by his parting, as he's always written about mortality and religion.
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    The "Old" Songfacts Gang

    Wow, I didn't realize it was '02 when we started. The emojis were better then.
  16. That's definitely not New York. Wouldn't try that in the Subway.
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    The "Old" Songfacts Gang

    Tremendous family photo O55. Thanks for stopping by.
  18. Carl

    Peak Christmas

    I feel like we've finally passed peak Christmas. Until recently, there was a steady Christmas creep, with stores putting out their displays earlier and earlier, and radio stations playing Christmas music before the first snow. This is the first year I can remember the post-Thanksgiving aftermath not being all about Christmas. Black Friday also seemed more mellow, with less mania as people realized they could just order gifts on ye olde Internet. Of course, this is all anecdotal.
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    Last Christmas

    Terrific singer. They should be on a bill with the band Clover (Huey Lewis was a member).
  20. Carl

    The "Old" Songfacts Gang

    You as well Kevin. Always good to see you.
  21. Carl

    I Can't Stop Lovin' You

    Good find. Thanks.
  22. "Me And Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul https://www.songfacts.com/facts/billy-paul/me-and-mrs-jones
  23. Carl

    Random Music Thoughts V

    This makes me wonder if there will ever be a song called "Vaping In The Boys' Room"
  24. Carl

    What winds up your Cassette?

    There remains a small group of people who cling to their cassettes. These are often people who drive cars that still have cassette players in them. They just love the sound of tape hiss.