Category Archives: Music

Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul”

Immediately after President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 people turned to one another in shock and apprehension and knew inistinctively that this changes everything. We’re in a similar situation now, which I suppose is why Bob Dylan rummaged through his unreleased … Continue reading

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Top Ten Albums for 2019

One thing good about having lots of medical issues, it has meant I’m homebound, and this unwelcome lack of travel has given me time to work on my annual top ten list. Instead of exploring the deserts of Southern Utah … Continue reading

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There is No Other Way, Let’s Try it Another Way…a history of the Hammond Organ

A Guest Post by Nathaniel Gordon I often use rock music themes in my college writing classes, and once in awhile I run across a student essay that really gets me thinking. While Dylanologists have written at length on the … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beat

We’re out on the thumb here in New England, not really on the way to anywhere, and what that sometimes means for logistics is that we’re the first stop on someone’s tour. That was the case last night when Conor … Continue reading

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Cold Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie

Frank and I strolled over to High Street tonight for some live music at the North Church. This is a wonderful old venue right in our neighborhood, built about 150 years ago by the Unitarians. Owned now by the Farmington … Continue reading

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Inviting the Wild In

I met with Dave Fish and Melody Bickford recently to talk about their band Invite the Wild, a blues rock quintet that plays local night spots from the apres ski Widowmaker to the late night Roost to my own neighborhood … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds….

    by Jim Mello Cross Center Bangor Maine 10/27/18    It was raw, cold, had been snowing, was raining diagonally, and there is no real close parking, the exact opposite of Southern Cal, at least The Beach Boys mythic version. … Continue reading

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1942: An Album Review

Julian Saporiti has always been a masterful lyricist. His perceptive observations crafted with well-chosen words manage to convey mood and message without excess. Along with his writers’ feel for language come lovely, memorable melodies that embrace every line. Back in … Continue reading

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Indie Rocker or Academic? Former Young Republic leader finds a brilliant way to be both

A new album by Julian Saporiti is always a big event in my musical life. Julian’s former band, the Young Republic, made some of the best music of the early 2000s, and I’m not just saying that because my son … Continue reading

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