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Groundbreakers Part 2

  Groundbreakers Part 2 Rock & Roll I have talked about R&R in numerous posts, and I have many reasons for doing so, aside from the many great songs. R&R revolutionized Popular music and by extension almost every facet of the music industry. The music itself, even today, has not definitively been described to my or many others satisfaction. But here are some things that we do know, it's genesis came from Rhythm and Blues and we can give that a full stop. We also know there were many other influences that brought about this phenomenon that kicked off a music frenzy in the mid 1950's. For example it's also an amalgam of many forms of music including Country, Folk and the wild child of Hillbilly music known as Rockabilly. In the early days we have artists such as the New Orleans sound from Lloyd Price and Fats Domino under the same umbrella as Etta James, Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets and I could go on. Sometimes just bas

Groundbreakers

  Groundbreakers in Music (Part 1) *Note to subscribers at the end So, what is a "Ground breaker" anyway. And is it two words or one? For my purposes, the Dictionary.com definition as a noun works for me; “a person who is an originator, innovator, or pioneer in a particular activity”. In the world of music there are many names that can fall into this category, and the contributions that qualify them are not only varied, but in many cases somewhat unrecognized.  The importance of history is often overlooked by those of us in the present, and I find it no different in music. What is also not dissimilar is the tendency to revise history and make attributions or proclamations where they are not warranted. For example, if we are talking about pop music in general, I've touched on the attention paid to the first/best of this or that, such as the very first Rock & Roll song. As for that, I think I debunked one of the prevailing songs given that moniker, "Rocket 88"

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

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 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 Billboard tune nor