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Under Cover with Elvis Costello

Under Cover with Elvis Costello Few singer songwriters can match Elvis Costello's ability to sing songs that were written and recorded by others. I have included at least three of his originals and nine of Costello's covers throughout my blog posts, but there are so many more great ones to talk about. I know not everyone 'gets' Costello and his distinctive voice stylings, but I suppose for fans that's part of the allure, he doesn't sound like anyone else. So, as to not disappoint, here is a clip of “ Watching the Detectives ", as my title may have led you to expect it! This post was inspired by reminiscing with my best buddy (of 47 years) over a video chat. First - a little bit about the man from Twickenham who grew up idolizing The Beatles and would go on to have the privilege of performing for Sir Paul McCartney when he was the third honouree of The Gershwin Prize for popular song in 2016. Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus was born August 25, 1954. This t
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Canada and the USA

    Happy Canada Day and Independence Day! (2021) When it comes to music there is a lot we here in Canada share with our American cousins to the south. There is also much we don't directly share but have eagerly adopted such as Blues, Jazz, R&R and of course R&B/Hip Hop. When comparing things between the two countries the multiple of ten times often comes up, as the US has approximately 331 million people and Canada has 38 million, which is closer to 8.7 but we tend to round numbers. So given the disparity in population, despite the great music from Canada the US has always and continues to have considerable influence. If you are a Country Singer and or Songwriter sooner or later, you end up in Nashville. If you really want to know about the Blues, you must travel even further south. Perhaps we Canadians have a bit of an identity complex when it comes to music, and for than matter a few other things, as there is no denying we have adopted a lot of music/musical styles from

Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues Haanala 76 Summer Songs We here in the northern hemisphere are in spring, and summer is not too far off so I thought it a good time to talk about some sunny songs. As often is the case there are many 'summer' songs that I have mentioned along the way in prior posts. Summer songs do not have to have the word summer in the title or even the lyrics; sometimes it’s just a tune that seems to go with the season. The definition of a summer hit is a song released during the summer months, typically in June or early July that seems to coincide with summer activities and becomes widely (and sometimes globally) popular. There is such a thing as "the song of the summer", where a tune will rise like the sun everyday and perhaps every hour and become either the most annoying or the most memorable. I'm not sure how songs these days get the 'honour' as there are so many sources to get your music from, so the Spotify song may not be the same as the Billboa

Third Blogiversary

My Third Blogiversary Me and my #1 fan 💕 After 144 posts it's a good time for some reflection, for me at least, on where this journey of writing about cover songs started and all the places in between. It all began over conversations with my dear friend Darren who after being regaled/bored with my stories about music suggested I write a blog. This chatty habit has tormented my lifelong pals and family for many years. During these three years, I have had a bit of growth, I'd like to think anyway. The quality of the writing has improved, and of course, the editing, since my oldest daughter began helping out. Although I make changes and more mistakes after she does her final edit!  While I have waffled a bit from time to time on stopping, I was inspired to continue through support from family and friends as well as some steady readership, averaging over 500 page views per week. It appears most people prefer not to subscribe, and my interpretation of the stats indicates many a ret

Women in Music

Women in Music Anne Murray Recently, while doing some research I was reminded that the history of ranking and rating recording artists really does give women the short shrift. My next post will be on May 6, it's the third anniversary of writing my blog and a bit too close to Mother's Day for this topic. So I'm getting ahead of that to celebrate Women (and many of them mothers) in music.  A  clue on Jeopardy also piqued my interest to dedicate a post. It was from April 7, 2021, "Last name of Fanny, seen here, (picture shown) some of her compositions were originally published under her brother Felix's name" and a contestant got it right, I however had no answer. I will get to that a bit later. I have pointed to this issue before, in several of my posts I discuss the lists of the greatest of this or that and in one post I was pointing out the systematic low ratio of airplay given to female Country singers. Last year women had 23% of the #1 songs, this is the high