How I Acquired A Taste For Quiet

by Kevin Burton    My fourth grade teacher Ruth Rice, when she had had enough and wanted us to be quiet said, “Subside!”     I doubt any of us had ever heard that word before hearing her say it, but we knew what it meant by context, in no uncertain terms.    That was funny …

Solid Biblical Message From The Imperials

by Kevin Burton     Some contemporary Christian music is more contemporary than Christian.  I’m not naming names, you know it when you hear it.    The Imperials lineup I grew up listening to had a super mix of southern gospel, rock and roll, country, even the faintest hint of disco.    Best of all, they …

Trees Falling In The Quarantine Forest

by Kevin Burton     Had a hard time getting the old blog out this week for reasons beyond my control.  It got me thinking about relevance.    Also, our internet provider helped me name my alleged debut album.  But I’m getting way ahead of myself.    First, my 6½-year-old computer gave up the ghost Sunday …

Smokey Robinson, The Heart Of Motown

by Kevin Burton I have always said there is no substitute for Smokey. When you want that sound, it just can’t be found anywhere else. Beyond that, if you love Motown, you need to understand how crucial Smokey Robinson was to the company’s success. even to the launch of it. This is my 10th album …

Trying To Get The Baseball Feeling Again

by Kevin Burton    When your two favorite teams play each other you have to watch, right?    The Reds and Royals played a doubleheader Aug. 19. They played two seven-inning games that Wednesday because the Tuesday game was postponed because the Reds had a virus case.    I hadn’t watched a game all year. …

Forgiving “Even As Christ Forgave You?”

by Kevin Burton    The school I worked at when I was an English teacher in Mexico had an odd split schedule.    We had morning classes, evening classes and a few in the afternoon. The school was closed most of the afternoon for siesta time.     We also had Saturday a.m. classes.    I did …

In Praise Of Electricity And Elton John

by Kevin Burton    All right look, let’s get this out of the way up front. Deal with it however you want.    Elton John, “Benny And The Jets?” It has to be “electric boobs,” period.     This is the ninth time I have written about a record that has influenced me.  It’s the album …

Seemingly (But Not) Random Stories

by Kevin Burton    Where is Monty Hall when you need him?    When Jeannette and I first got married she carried a purse I called “the purse of death.”    Monty Hall on his TV show”Let’s Make  A Deal: used to give women in his studio audience cash if they had certain things in …

Mrs. Gump Offers Insight Into Our Times

by Kevin Burton      One of my friends sent the following post on Facebook:    “You come home from work and everyone you ever dated is on your front porch. Respond using just three words…and go!”    My response, “Holy Kodachrome Batman!”    One of my better lines I think.    But to get it …

Dear KC, Touch Me And I End Up Singing

by Kevin Burton    Karen Carpenter was the spokesperson for the brokenhearted.    She alone, truly gave voice to our feelings. She worded and sang it so well that we forgot the pain, if only in the moment.     Carpenters music was a hiding place, a comfort, a home. It made bad things go away, …