Archive for the ‘For the Love Of Pop’ Category


Remembering Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

Another notable musical talent has left the earth.  Scotsman Gerry Rafferty has passed away at the age of 63.  From the perspective of songwriting, he was brilliant with his lyrics, but he was considered a one hit wonder.  Because I grew up in the era of his popularity, I appreciated his five prominent singles. After […]

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Remembering With Love – Teena Marie (1956-2010)

Soulful R&B songstress Teena Marie has died, as reported on December 26.  She was discovered unresponsive in her house by Alia Rose, her daughter, and had apparently died of natural causes.   The Los Angeles coroner said that her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home […]

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Natalie Merchant, To See Or Not To See? (Part Two)

All right, so…Natalie Merchant put out album number five since going solo.  The last four were plentiful enough to fill a retrospective or greatest hits CD, so I guess she decided to change things up a little.  The current album is called Leave Your Sleep, and it’s a two disc set with thirteen songs on […]

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Natalie Merchant, To See Or Not To See? (Part One)

I think I might want to go see Natalie Merchant in concert.  Thing is, I haven’t been to a 10,000 Maniacs show before or even seen one of her solo performances.  But I do love her songwriting and admire her commercial success, because it always seemed to me that she never compromised the integrity of […]

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Happy Father’s Day!!! Here Is a Dedication To You All!

Happy Father’s Day to all who qualify for the respectable title of Dad.   I visited mine today and gave him a DVD style card containing a song I composed.   He is the one man on Earth who means more to me than any other.   And the card was mushy, but he deserves to know […]

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Taking a Closer Look Through Bette Davis Eyes

“Bette Davis Eyes” was originally penned in 1974 by singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss.  DeShannon first recorded her rendering of the song on her 1975 album New Arrangement.  But Kim Carnes’ version of the song became the version that would be cemented in our minds.  I’m sure Jackie and Donna don’t mind too much, […]

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What’s Wrong With That? I’d Like To Know…

(The following is reprinted from Dean’s Eclectic Notes from May 22, 2010) “Dad, is it true that Paul McCartney was in another group before Wings?” That’s a line out of Billy Crystal’s stand up act, but it still makes me smile.  A while back, a friend and I were out driving and listening to the […]

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I Got Pac-Man Birthday Fever

Happy Birthday to PAC-MAN!!! On this day in 1980, the iconic video game was released. I played it (badly), and most definitely bought the song made popular by Buckner & Garcia in the early months of 1982. Cheers to Pac-Man, Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde!

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