Lyric of the Week: “Surrender” by Cheap Trick

My take on the sublime 70’s anthem “Surrender” by Cheap Trick is now available at American Songwriter’s site. Check it out in the link. More Boss tomorrow.

Some Stray Articles

Here are some of my most recent American Songwriter articles. First my past two Lyric of the Week essays. On James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James”:

And on the Handsome Family’s “Far From Any Road”:

Also, two new reviews. On Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady:

And on Out Among The Stars, a new collection of unreleased 80’s material from Johnny Cash:

Check them out if you have the time, and have a good one, everybody.

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Some New American Songwriter Articles

I’ve been remiss of late as far as posting some of my writing from American Songwriter. So here are three articles.

First, for fans of my Paul Simon Retro Review series, is a list of my choices for the Top 15 Simon solo songs:

Next, a pair of Lyric of the Week articles. One on Elvis Costello’s “Peace In Our Time”:

And another on “Walk Away Renee” by The Left Banke:

My Top 10 from The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert

Next week, the deluxe edition of the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert from 1992 is coming out on CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray. For American Songwriter today, I gave my choices for the Top 10 from that star-studded event. Check it out in the link below.


For The Newcomers

Welcome to all those who have joined the blog for The Band Retro Review countdown. Just so you newcomers know, I’ll be posting those reviews in chronological order twice a week (probably Monday and Thursday), so if you’re tuning in for them, you’ll know when they’re coming. And I appreciate any comments, good or bad, that you might have. (I usually respond, just because I love having the last word.)

In addition, I’ll occasionally post links to my work at American Songwriter as a little extra content for my readers. Today I’ve got something about as far removed from The Band as you might care to find: A look at the 80’s power ballad classic “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” It’s in the link. Talk to you all again later this week.


Lyric of the Week: “Valentine’s Day Is Over” by Billy Bragg

For those waiting for a new Retro Review series, we’ll be kicking one off on Monday. In the meantime, check out the link to my American Songwriter piece on Billy Bragg’s “Valentine’s Day Is Over”.

Two American Songwriter Articles

Here are a couple new articles of mine from American Songwriter. First up is a piece on Carole King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”:

Also, here is a look at Conor Oberst’s new single:

Look for a new Retro Review series coming up in the next few weeks. Have a good one, everybody.


Behind The Song: “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley

In the link is my in-depth look at the continuing resonance of “Redemption Song,” the last major artistic statement from Bob Marley before his untimely death. Courtesy of American Songwriter.

Lyric Of The Week: “We Are The Champions” by Queen

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while to keep the blog even more active, but I’m finally getting around to it. From now on, I’ll provide a link to my new articles on American Songwriter’s website, starting today with my dissection of Queen’s “We Are The Champions”. Enjoy!