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53: Words- The Beatles Legacy

1 Nov

What if The Beatles were just at the right place at the right time? A day in Liverpool touring Beatles legacy makes me wonder whether their meeting and subsequent path to immortality was just happenstance and external events such as Vietnam and President Kennedy’s death only acted to amplify their impact. Worth considering.

A plaque honoring John Lennon's birthplace


53: Words Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon (Austin, TX)

2 Sep

Proudly self-proclaimed hole in the wall that features amazing music, lots of cold beer (no hooch) and a chicken that, on a Sunday afternoon, does its business on a bingo card to the delight of onlookers. Looks like a neighborhood church from the outside but the praise inside is reserved only for the music.


53 Words: Talkups

30 Aug

A talkup is the arcane art of saying a bunch of often disconnected words during a song’s intro on the radio with the express goal of talking over the music until the very second actual lyrics begin. If you are on the money, you hit the post. It’s a lost art.

For example, the talkup on the song below would require one to talk jibbrish for about 12.5 second. Try it.

Merry Clayton – Yes (Extended Version)

53 Words: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

26 Aug

Harmony and chemistry is a funny thing. The late Tammi Terrell sang her parts separate from Marvin Gaye and producers Fuqua and Bristol mixed them into a masterpiece. The perfect three-act drama with an ending that leaves the listener with that “I’ve just heard a classic” feeling. Diana Ross’s version? Not so much.

Marvin Gaye – Aint’ No Mountain High Enough