The Entertainer 2.0

Oh, thank heaven for band practice.  Last week, I was tired, Jim was sick as a dawg, and Peter was in the midst of a longstanding battle with mucous.  I trotted out last week’s blog track, “The Entertainer,” and things were going okay, but there was no lightning in the air.  Seemed like it’d be … Continue reading

The Entertainer

This week’s song, “The Entertainer,” is either very funky or very square.  Considering that my arrangement is a tribute to Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche ’85 (awesome video alert), it’s probably a little bit of both.  It’s definitely weird. A few months ago, I was going through an Elvis Costello deep-listening phase.  I noticed that … Continue reading

Walking on a Wire

What can you say about a song that’s been breaking your heart for fifteen years?  Eventually, you’ve gotta cover it, right?  Such is the case for me with Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Walking on a Wire,” from their 1982 masterpiece, Shoot Out the Lights.  My introduction to Richard Thompson, like that of a few other … Continue reading

All About to Happen

A few suggested study questions to assist in your enjoyment of “All About to Happen“: 1. Is this song too callow a rip-off of Yo La Tengo’s “Autumn Sweater”? 2. What’s with the New Order/Cure fetish lately?  Isn’t {songwriter} aware that the synth-rock revival has come and gone? 3. BONUS: What is the secret connection … Continue reading