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I never knew what “surry down” meant, never mind “sassafrass and moonshine” so, when I had time, I did a little research. Turns out that Laura Nyro, who was born in the Bronx, made up the word because she liked the sound of it.

I was in a local Key Food supermarket the other day when the ’60s classic “Different Drum” featuring Linda Ronstadt came blasting through the store’s sound system. I stopped right there in the produce aisle and just listened with wonder, yes, and admiration. The song has always been a favorite of mine and I had completely forgotten about it.

I miss record stores….

Posted: 4th March 2016 in music
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I spent hours, days, weeks of my teenage years wandering through the aisles of the record departments at E. J. Korvettes and Alexander’s, browsing and reading liner notes before making my choice. I cannot tell you how many times I read the words to the songs on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” band. Record covers allowed us to absorb the music into our souls.

I am just amazed at how a 72-year-old man like Paul Simon can rock it out for three hours of live performing. He was on fire last night at the Garden. You expect that kind of thing from Sting who is a decade or more younger and is in great shape. Simon looks like a guy who’s about to retire from Zabar’s deli counter. But he still has it and, truth be told, he outperformed Sting even though they were more or less equal partners.

“Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again.”

Those words are so haunting even after all these years. Those are of course the opening lines of “Sounds of Silence” and they still have to be among the best ever for a rock/pop song. They could also be the opening of a short story by Edgar Alan Poe for that matter.

Paul McCartney wrote “All My Lovin” back in July 1963 while shaving or on a tour bus, take your pick. nyway, nearly 50 years later, I came across this group of musicians performing it in the NYC subway with more than a little passion.

Like every child of the ’60s, I grew up listening to record albums and pouring over the lyrics, the extras inside the sleeves, and just plain staring at the covers themselves. I LOVED record albums and I think the music business started going downhill when CD’s came out and record album covers became superfluous. There’s […]