Apparently there’s a movement afoot to try to convince Apple to dumb down its iPhones, or at least make them less addictive, but how they would do that baffles me. Meanwhile Samsung has developed an app for their smartphone called Thrive that promises to try to wean you away from being constantly captive to your … More My Smartphone Might Be Smarter Than Me
A huge hit record from 1970 that has sometimes approached earworm status for me is a skiffle song called “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. But even though I’ve heard it countless times in the last forty-plus years (and it’s probably going through your head right now) it has never occurred to me to find … More So Exactly What Is A Mungo Jerry?
Here’s a question for you, but I have to warn you that it’s a really long one, so feel free to skim through to the end. What do Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithfull, Bela Fleck, James Galway, Art Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, … More A Tip Of The Hat To The Chieftains
Welcome to the birth of a new Special Feature! Since I’ve already said that the reconstituted GMC isn’t going to depend too heavily on the old Special Features I thought I’d fudge a little by adding a new one, and what better time to do it than the start of a new year? Also, since … More Say Hello To The Squeaky Wheel
As we all look forward to the approach of the new year (it has to be better than 2017, right?) I thought it might be a good time for another edition of one of my favorite Special Features, Anatomy Of A Song. The featured piece of music is one that has a history that includes … More Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop
The FCC has been in the news lately because of the repeal of net neutrality, but in California it might turn out that a lot more attention is being paid to the BCC, the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Nope, you’re not dreaming, folks; bureaucracy has caught up to marijuana, which becomes legal for personal use … More The Harlem Hamfats Would Be Riding High
A few years back I posted A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, which was a slideshow of holiday paintings from one of my favorite artists. I’ve always thought he was a national treasure, and I have never been too concerned with art experts who look down their noses at him; after all, they’re the same people who … More A Norman Rockwell Christmas + Music!
One of the most unappreciated rockabilly artists of the 1950s was Johnny Carroll, a talented and magnetic performer who was in many ways reminiscent of his friend, the much more successful Gene Vincent. In fact, Carroll’s surge of popularity later in his career was partly due to his appreciation for Vincent’s music, along with his … More The Redemption Of Johnny Carroll
Today’s featured song on the GMC Special Feature known as Fantastic Foursome is another with a strong connection to Fred Astaire. For a guy who always comes to mind first and foremost as a dancer, he had quite an impact in many other ways during his long career. In this case, he not only introduced … More Fantastic Foursome – Astaire Redux
A while back I posted a piece about a pair of 1960’s combos with very similar names — Tornados and Tornadoes — but today it’s a different kind of name thing. If you’re at all interested in jazz, you might have run across a great saxophonist who worked with everybody from Ellington to Basie to … More The Sound Of Royal Sax