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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

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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

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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

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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

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Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

For most of my Music and Cocktails posts I’ve looked to different sources to gain background information about the particular song, or artist, or band about which I was writing. I began researching Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” in much the same way as I always do, yet I quickly realized that most interpretations of the song, as well as its importance to the band in general, were written from the standpoint of lead singer Ian Curtis’ depression and subsequent suicide. It’s

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