Browsed by
Category: Music and Cocktails

Music and Cocktails: Life’s Illusions

Music and Cocktails: Life’s Illusions

In 1967, Joni Mitchell wrote a little song called “Both Sides, Now” that was recorded that year by Judy Collins and would go on to be covered over 1000 times by an extensive range of artists. If that’s not relevance then I surely don’t know the meaning of the word. Most recently Kristian Matsson from The Tallest Man on Earth chose to include it in an episode of his “The Light in Demos” video series, in which he refers to it as “the best song in the world.” I’ve included a link

Read More Read More

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Wednesday Music and Cocktails: Autumn Dance

Wednesday Music and Cocktails: Autumn Dance

In 1972 Neil Young released the album Harvest and although the initial critical reviews of it were mixed, “Heart of Gold” became a number one hit that threw him suddenly into the limelight. Startled and uncomfortable, Young backpedaled and would later say in one of his most quoted lines that the record “put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there… when people start asking you to do

Read More Read More

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Music and Cocktails: Folded and Unfolding

Music and Cocktails: Folded and Unfolding

Those of us who love the band Counting Crows know that it simply does not exist without its charismatic frontman Adam Duritz. Since he has written the lyrics to almost every one of their songs, and since he incorporates so many proper names and places into what he writes, we tend to view his music as autobiographical and confessional. In the beginning, Duritz was often criticized for his name and place dropping, but it did not faze him, nor did it deter him from doing so. In an

Read More Read More

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

I was first exposed to the Indie band Death Cab for Cutie when my daughter was in high school and I was driving her back and forth everyday. At that point, they had released both Transatlanticism, the album that brought them recognition and critical acclaim, and Plans, their first commercial success with a major label that ended up going platinum. “Marching Bands of Manhattan” is the opening track on Plans and I can distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and immediately thinking

Read More Read More

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Leonard Cohen’s impact on the music world cannot be measured. He has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Bono, all major influencers themselves, and only a handful of artists in the total list. His presence was like a stone being thrown into a lake; the ripples he caused went on forever. Rolling Stone called Cohen the “poet of brokenness” in an article written by Mikal Gilmore shortly after his death in November of 2017. Gilmore felt that despite Cohen’s

Read More Read More

Print Friendly, PDF & Email