Favorite Song: ‘Coney Island,’ Good Old War

This entry is part 1 of 30 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

I’ve finally begun my 30-day song challenge, albeit about 30 days late. It’s the latest Facebook meme in which you list songs that are responses to the question of the day, sort of like the old slam books from high school. (“Favorite song to slow dance to?” “Favorite number?”) Day 1: Sigh. Favorite song. This …

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Least Favorite Song: ‘Margaritaville,’ Jimmy Buffett

This entry is part 2 of 30 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

If choosing my favorite song weren’t hard enough, now I have to choose my least favorite. Do you know what a gargantuan task that is? For every good song on my iPod, there are at least 50 bad ones wallowing in the muck of popular music. And we’re talking massively bad. Just think about it: …

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Sad Songs: ‘For No One’, the Beatles

This entry is part 3 of 30 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

At first listen, the Beatles’ “For No One” dazzles you with its musical brilliance: A descending bass line a la “A White Shade of Pale” with short staccatoed quarter notes on a clavichord. The bridge is purely classical; arpeggioed sixteenth notes on a piano, sounding like a Schubert piece, and halfway through, a French horn …

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