Happiness on Steroids: ‘I Found Love’, The Free Design

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

Have you ever experienced a perfect day, where the sun is shining, it’s not too hot, and you’re in a field running and laughing, butterflies and flowers all around you, birds landing on your fingers as you sing to them? No? I think the Free Design has. The brother and sister quartet blended unbelievable harmonies …

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‘Champion’, Dave Caruso

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new year and the new musical gems that lay waiting to be heard – whether it’s from some old LP from 1973 or a new song from an obscure indie artist that immediately grabs my attention. We’re just over halfway through January, and I’ve found the first …

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Why Music Matters

In the movie “Amadeus” (yes, it’s my favorite movie), composer Antonio Salieri recounts a moment in which he saw the music of his rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on paper for the first time: “On the page it looked – nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic,” he says, as the music begins slowly in the background. …

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Album Review: ‘The Legal Matters’, The Legal Matters

In a way, this review is not fair, for in my description of the songs of Andy Reed, Keith Klingensmith and Chris Richards – i.e., The Legal Matters – I could easily evoke the name of practically every influential power pop artist. This is not to say that the songs on the group’s self-titled debut are …

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Here’s to a Year of Good Music

Each year on December 31 I tune in to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” to ring in the New Year. I know. I’m an exciting guy. I mean, there’s nothing better than watching Clark’s protege, Ryan Seacrest, make love to the camera with his painted-on grin, passing the mike occasionally to a semi-lucid Jenny McCarthy, who …

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christmas classics are hard to catch hold. If the song is not a hymn (“Silent Night,” “Joy to the World”), associated with a Christmas movie or special (“Frosty the Snowman,” “White Christmas”) or have sleigh bells or chimes featured heavily (“All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Jingle Bell Rock”), it’s almost impossible to catch …

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