Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" (1993)

by Pico I’ve never been much of a movie watcher, and less of a fan of movie soundtracks. But back in 2000 I rented the then-new release Finding Forrester, a movie that featured Sean Connery. And while the movie itself was good, I couldn’t help but to notice what an outstanding and adventurous collection of songs chosen to adorn theRead More

Livingston Taylor – Grandma's Hands (1993)

by Pico The other day I was digging Bill Withers’ gentle folk-soul masterwork from 1971, Just As I Am. A week later I still find myself occasionally warbling “Ain’t No Sunshine” when there’s no one else around save for my daughter and nearly sat down to write about it in this space. But then I started thinking about the songRead More

One Track Mind: Nazz, "Open My Eyes" (1968)

by S. Victor Aaron Back in July, we talked aboutTodd Rundgren’s latest band, The New Cars. Then, we noted that the reconstituted and reconfigurated Cars threw out a few bones during their tour for the “Todd Is God” contingent in the crowd. One of these golden oldies is the brilliant, power-pop “Open My Eyes,” and in that article I, uh,Read More

One Track Mind: Michael Brecker, "Dogs In The Wine Shop" (1990)

Last weekend I helped my brother move across state. After we stuffed the 26 foot U-Haul and his Ford pickup, he handed me the keys to the Ford and just as we were about to embark he showed my his XM radio and before I can tell him I already had an iPod handy for listening, he gave me aRead More

One Track Mind: Dr. John, "When The Saints Go Marching In" (2004)

by Pico We were, of course, a little saddened that the historic season of Louisiana’s NFL team, the New Orleans Saints, came crashing to an ugly end last Sunday. With apologies to U2 and Green Day, the song most associated with this team remains “When The Saints Go Marching In”. Just as it was on our minds for the Saints’Read More

U2/Green Day, “The Saints Are Coming” (2006): One Track Mind

They opened up the building and we streamed through the turnstiles, tickets and hats and signs in hand. We bought Dome Foam, personal pizzas, and peanuts. So much of that was similar to other days in this place, as the New Orleans Saints played their first home game of the 2006 NFL season. But, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,Read More

One Track Mind: Lindsey Buckingham, "Not Too Late" (2006)

While just about everyone else who critiques music have already trotted out their “Best of 2006” lists, I’m still going through many of these releases for the first time (I might work faster if I got paid better). One of last year’s servings that I finally gave a listen to was a rare one by a key member of oneRead More

Michael McDonald, “Tuesday Heartbreak” from Motown Two (2004): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald, “Tuesday Heartbreak” from Motown Two (2004): One Track Mind

We all know that Stevie Wonder is a great singer, but former Doobie Brothers star Michael McDonald simply outdoes him here.

One Track Mind: Nick Cave, "The Lyre of Orpheus" (2004)

by Pico I finally got around to listening to Tom Waits’ sprawling odds-and-ends collection Orphans and it occurred to me that Australian-born/England-residing singer-songwriter Nick Cave has a lot of similarities to Waits. Both have scary sounding voices (Waits a whiskey-scarred growl and Cave a deep baritone), write detailed narratives delving in frequently dark themes like death, love and religion, oftenRead More

Deep Cuts: Herbie Hancock, "Elegy" (1994)

by Nick DeRiso “Elegy” begins with a trill from Herbie Hancock, then a persistent, oh-so distinctive tapping that could only be drummer Tony Williams. Next, a nimble, casually funky bass line from Ron Carter. Like a dream made real, Miles Davis’ second great group — with Wallace Roney stepping in for the fallen trumpeter — steps out of the shadowsRead More

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