I think that when I was a kid and was first trying to write music, I would sit at a really nice piano and write what I thought of as classical pieces, although they weren't really. They were instrumental.
Bringing the fine art of jazz vocals into these modern times full of anarchy for the music business is probably not the easiest gig in music today, but the work that Curtis Stigers is doing right now is important and stunning and sexy and soulful.
With a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month and a debut record that reached #47 on the Billboard album charts, JD McPherson is enjoying one heck of a pop cultural high.
Driving home to "Lawn Guyland" the day after graduating from Bucknell U. in Lewisburg, PA and blasting progressive rock station WNEW on the radio, I was struck by one of those other-worldly, pull-over-to-the curb musical moments.
Family music has changed much in recent years, with groups representing every possible musical genre (folk, rock, bluegrass, jazz, Latin, Americana, hip-hop, etc) only under the sub-genre of Kindie Rock.
John Hiatt's new album Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns kicks off with a pretty universally themed song, "Damn This Town." It's true, no matter what town you grow up in, every kid can't wait to get out of it.
Back in 1981, Marshall Crenshaw's single "Something's Gonna Happen" was released on Shake Records, initiating his string of critically acclaimed classic albums and 45s. Now Marshall, celebrating 30 years of music-making, sits down to talk.
The big music news this week, and quite possibly the biggest news in the compact disc world since the release of The Beatles catalogue back in 1987, is the reissue and remastering of Debbie Harry's 1981 solo release "Koo Koo." I KID!