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A Musical Menu for Your Burns Dinner

Jan. 25, the day that I pen (keyboard, of course) this, is Rabbie Burns Day — the birthday of the 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns. For those not familiar with Burns, he is considered to be the national poet of Scotland, and had a huge influence on the culture and music of that country. His birthday is celebrated by Scots and people of that ancestry throughout the world, with Burns dinners that feature his poetry, Scottish music and food — and, of course, whisky, without which, much of nothing Scottish happens. So, in honor of the day, I offer you a menu for a Scottish musical meal. The poetry of Rabbie Burns doesn’t seem to have had much impact on The Music; poems of the Roma

Not Quite as Super as I Remembered

Sometimes, things just aren’t as good as you remember them being. For instance, when I saw the Academy Award-winning motion picture “The Graduate” in 1968, I thought it was great. And not, get your mind out of the gutter, just because of Mrs. Robinson; I was, after all, there with my then-girlfriend (or maybe she was my wife by then). Not much more than a year later, though, after I she and I had divorced and I had moved to Madison, I jumped at the chance to see it at matinee prices. The result? I left before the movie was over — even before I could hoo-coo-ca-choo Mrs. Brooks. But, mercifully, this post isn’t about Benjamin Braddock’s thing with his cougar. It’s about “Super Session,” which

2016 in Passing, Musically

It wasn't quite “The Year the Music Died,” as a CNN web page called it, but 2016 was a rough year for Makers of The Music. That web site listed 14 notable musicians who passed away during the year that recently passed, including 10 whose work was more or less in this blog’s wheelhouse: David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Keith Emerson, Glenn Frey, Dale Griffin, Paul Kantner, Greg Lake, Prince, Leon Russell and Maurice White. It wasn’t a calendar year, but I always considered the 12 months between the summers of 1970 and ’71 to be the year the music died, including as it did the deaths of three major rock figures, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, plus Al “ Blind Owl” Wilson of Canned Heat

Music for those 12 Days of Christmas

It’s the Eleventh Day of Christmas, and your true love, and yours truly, are back with the fourth and final delivery of musical gift suggestions for the Twelve Days. It’s about time, too — the geese, the hens and swans have made a mess, the lords have leapt/stepped in it, and your Epiphany consists of wishing your true love, and yours truly, would just go away for at least 11 and a half months. 11 Pipers Piping On the next-to-last Day of Christmas, your true love will show up with “Green Tambourine,” the Lemon Pipers’ 1968 No. 1; “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” the 1967 debut album by Pink Floyd; “Guantanamera” and “Come SaturdayMorning,” by the Sandpipers (just to prove they weren’t one-hit w

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