Athens, GA: 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago, Athens, Ga. was the king of the alt-rock/indie-rock/college rock scene. (Gen Y folks: It was the Seattle of the 80s.) With bands such as R.E.M., Pylon, and the B-52s gaining national attention, artists flocked to the city hoping to get noticed. I happened to be in college during that time, and I …

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A much needed hiatus

One of the worst things a blogger can do is not post anything for days or months. Then after those months have passed, you see the obligatory “Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! Things sure have sped by! I promise to do better!” And then…nothing.It becomes as empty and desolate as real estate …

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30 Worst Taylor Swift Lyrics

Finding bad lyrics to Taylor Swift songs is like shooting fish in a barrel – it’s easy, you end up with way too much to take home and it’s a messy job. During my recent textual analysis of Swift’s lyrics, I found a plethora of bad lines – some that made me laugh out loud, and some …

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Taylor Swift’s Lyrics: A Textual Analysis

Taylor Swift has always been applauded for her songwriting – it’s rare, especially in country music, for singers to actually write their own songs, especially at the tender age of 15. But now that Swift is 24, she has about a decade of songwriting experience. What does she write about? (Duh – ex-boyfriends) Has her …

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Brainwashing My Kids: Is it Failing?

A few weeks ago I wrote with tongue firmly planted in cheek bragging about my musical influence over my kids – getting them to listen to good pop music whether they liked it or not. So when I saw that Paul McCartney was performing at Philips Arena June 21, I immediately thought of my daughters. I …

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Kurt Cobain Lives On – While Others Don’t

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago on Saturday – one of those morose anniversaries that make people reflect on his legacy and the sadness that accompanies any suicide. Think of the unwritten songs, the continued legacy that Nirvana could have continued to impress upon rock music. Few really know what despondency and depression fuel thoughts …

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