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The Genius Behind (Neon) Rose, Toronto and ‘that’ Heart Song

Brian Allen It’s something special to see someone you know succeed in showbusiness. Brian Allen wouldn’t remember me: I was just another student on the school bus to Barrie from Camp Borden and Angus in the middle years of the … Continue reading

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Canada’s “New” National Anthem

We’re All in This Together (2013) As this is one of my favourite refrains, I was surprised to find that there exists a song with these words in its title. Now, because of the pandemic lockdown, it has come into … Continue reading

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When a Muse Comes to You in Your Sleep

Satisfaction (1965) Fifty-five years ago today, Keith Richards woke up from a sleep; a deep sleep that had been interrupted by a guitar riff and a phrase. In the night, he’d recorded the beginnings of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, … Continue reading

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A 1982 Show Hints at the Present Time

Pink Floyd: The Wall As we are all in lockdown, with the pandemic COVID-19 threatening humankind’s very existence(!), the concept that a 1979 rock album could have foretold this time period is surprising, but not impossible. The Berlin Wall still … Continue reading

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My Corona (with apologies to The Knack)

Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one When you gonna give me some time, Corona Ooh, you make my motor run, my motor run Got it coming off o’ the line, Corona Never gonna stop, give it up, such … Continue reading

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And It’s Gonna Take a Long, Long Time

Rocketman (Based on a true fantasy.) Doesn’t that say it all? Elton John is a force of nature. His music and Bernie Taupin’s words have been part of the soundtrack of our lives since the early 70’s. I’ve never liked … Continue reading

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The Who: Then and Now!

It took the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park (as seen on TV on the day of the concerts) on July 2nd, 2005 for me to realize that I still loved the music of The Who. These two songs … Continue reading

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Queen: Be, Here, Now

Adam Lambert on American Idol On Sunday night, Adam Lambert returned to Idol to mentor the top eight contestants for Queen week. The picture shown above is the moment when he was helping Jeremiah with his version of “Who Wants … Continue reading

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Imitation: Musical Theft or Homage?

Back in the U.S.S.R. When the double record The Beatles, now known as the White Album, landed in 1968, we all knew that a different side to the Beatles’ creativity was being shown. In fact, I sat with the lyrics … Continue reading

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Something Borrowed, Something Grew

Bitter Sweet Symphony In the beginning, this was a Rolling Stones’ song:   Then their manager had an instrumental version recorded with his group, the Andrew Oldham Orchestra:   That’s the version that The Verve sampled for their new song … Continue reading

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