Can't Get It Outta My Head








                A Baby Boomer


       Muses on The Music

The Golden Age of Rock

Spent some time last week fine-tuning the playlist for my 50-year class reunion. OK, a lot of that time was spent listening to the music on the deck, or working at the computer, and the end result was a handful of additions and deletions. But I wasn’t just consuming entertainment — I was Musing about how great the music that came out between the summer of 1963 and mid-’67 was. I think you could call it the Golden Age of Rock and Roll. (Hey, Ian — that would make a great song title! Oh, you already got it covered …) The playlist that was on my iPod, run through a Bluetooth amplifier into my home stereo speakers, ran 120 songs and almost six hours. It mostly came from my CD collection — some o

Play Us a Slow Song

The title of this post is the same as a Joe Jackson song, but the inspiration for this week’s “Can’t Get It Outta My Head” could have come from a 5th Dimension number, “Wedding Bell Blues.” Actually, it’s more like the “Wedding Song Blues.” My only child is getting married this weekend, and a month ago she informed me that I had to come up with a song for our father-daughter dance. Cait sprung that on me at her cousin’s wedding, right about the time that I had to go out on the dance floor and stumble around with the other woman in my life, my wife. That episode convinced me that the father-daughter thing had to be a slow song; Jeanne and I took some dance lessons after we were married, but t

Turn that Heartbeat Never Again

One-half of one of my favorite bands died over Labor Day weekend. Walter Becker, founding member of Steely Dan, left the planet on Sept. 3, at the age of 67. No cause of death was given, but he had suffered from the Rock and Roller’s Disease earlier in life, and also had been seriously injured in an accident in his late 20s. I wrote at length about Steely Dan a year ago, after checking off a bucket-list item by seeing Becker, long-time musical partner and Dan cofounder Donald Fagen and their touring band in Milwaukee. I opined at that time that Fagen was the more influential musician in the “band,” which for much of its existence was more of a studio project than a performing ensemble. But B

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