Two different melodies: ‘Near You’, Teenage Fanclub

When I first heard “Near You” by Teenage Fanclub, I was taken with the keyboard melody that graced most of the song. The thing is, for the first few months that I heard this song, I was hearing a different melody than what was being played. Teenage Fanclub had buried the keyboard among guitars, bass …

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‘Sing Street’ – Movie Review

A pleasant surprise greeted me when I came home from work the other day. My wife and my daughter were watching “Sing Street,” a movie about a 15-year-old who starts a band to get the attention of, of course, a girl. The movie, written, directed and produced by John Carney, is both innocent and realistic, …

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Out of Time: 25 Years Later

Yesterday, R.E.M. released the 25th anniversary reissue of their breakthrough album, Out of Time. The album went multiplatinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide, and garnered R.E.M. three Grammy awards – two for the single “Losing My Religion.” It’s hard to rank R.E.M. albums – all are good, some are great, but at least through Automatic for the People …

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