Drift Away: The Healing Power Of Music

by Kevin Burton    Let me be clear: the beat, the rock and roll beat, does not free one’s soul.  But in the secular sense it sure frees something.     And that’s the heart of the great 1973 song “Drift Away.”    Lawrence Darrow Brown was born in Simonton, Texas on this day in 1940.  …

Mining For Radio Gold In Canada

by Kevin Burton    The things we don’t say, can’t say, the things we won’t see and refuse to feel, these are the ghosts that inhabit a great 1971 song.    I speak of “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot.  The orchestration is good but it never gets in the way of …

Songs And Seasons In The Canadian Sun

by Kevin Burton    Friday was Canada Day, which got me thinking about my favorite songs by Canadian musicians.    The discussion started Saturday on Page 7 (“A Salute To Canada’s Greatest Hits,” July 2.) I have learned a few things just looking into it.     For instance, Rush, a group I never listened to …

A Salute To Canada’s Greatest Hits

by Kevin Burton    What in the world was “The Safety Dance” all about anyway?     That’s just one avenue I walked down during my look into the best Canadian music in honor of Canada Day, which was yesterday, July 1.    I set out to create a top ten list of favorite songs by …