Who really played the music

If you grew up in the 1960′s or 1970′s, if you love the music of that time, and if you listen to the oldies stations to this very day, you have got to see the documentary  The Wrecking Crew.  (Shot back in 2008 but just released this year, the film is available for instant view on Netflix.)

It turns out that a single group of studio musicians known as “the Wrecking Crew” played on virtually all of the hit records that came out of California during that time period.  It didn’t matter whose name was on the record or what the style of music was–rock ‘n’ roll, surf, soul, pop, jazz, standards, ad jingles, movie scores, TV themes, or whatever–these musicians were playing it. [Read more...]

Bob Dylan opens up

Bob Dylan won the “person of the year” award from MusiCares, a charity that helps down and out musicians.  He gave a remarkable 30-minute acceptance speech that talked about his career, his influences, and his thoughts about music.  [Read more...]

A report on Bob Dylan’s Sinatra album

The commenter known as “Pete” has a picture that looks like a little kid, but he’s really a distinguished physician.  He’s also among the top two Bob Dylan aficionados that I have ever known (the other being a good friend and former colleague).  Pete went so far as to look me up and take me with him to a Dylan concert in Washington, D. C.  So I value greatly his thoughts on Dylan’s latest album, his unique take on the American “standards” as performed by Frank Sinatra.  Pete gave me his thoughts about the album, which I post with his permission after the jump. [Read more...]

Bob Dylan and his interview with AARP

Bob Dylan gives his first interview in three years to the AARP magazine, in which he talks about virtue, God’s leading, and his new album of Frank Sinatra standards.

As a teenager, I could never, in my most fevered adolescent imaginations, conceive of that sentence or any part of it being written about Bob Dylan.  Nor could I conceive of myself, 45 years later, appreciating what he says so much.

But you’ve got to read the interview, excerpted and linked after the break.  It’s thoughtful, revealing, and musically perceptive.  You can also hear a track from the new album, Shadows in the Night, to be released February 3.  Bob is singing it, crooning it, to the background of a five piece band with steel guitar, and it sounds lovely. [Read more...]

The very model of a Biblical philologist

After the jump, Biblical scholarship by way of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I am the very model of a modern major-general.” [Read more...]

Lessons And Carols

“Lessons and Carols” is a Christmas service consisting of nine Bible readings punctuated by the singing of Christmas carols.  It’s a simple service that goes back to 1918 featuring the choir of King’s College in Cambridge, which has been performing it every year except 1930 ever since.   BBC began broadcasting it in 1928, and listening to it on Christmas Eve has become a tradition for many citizens of Great Britain and its Commonwealth.   Churches often put it on.  So do Christian colleges.  But many families do it themselves for family devotions.  (For more background, go here and here.)

Cheryl Magness writes about it in the Federalist and says what it means to her and her family.  I’ll link to it after the jump and give her “Five Reasons” to attend a Lessons & Carols service.  She also says where you can listen to it live from King’s College on December 24 at 10:00 a.m., replayed at other times. [Read more...]


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