Hearing My Story In The Rock And Roll

by Kevin Burton    The stories, the images, the sound and fury of rock and roll, truly resonate when they hit close to home.    By now we have enough rocking sounds to fill the seven seas. The messages are all over the map. The sheer variety is breathtaking. Not every song will get in …

Sunny Songs To Usher In Summer

by Kevin Burton     Ready or not, here’s summer!     Today’s official beginning of summer coincides with our usual Tuesday music discussion on Page 7 to bring you songs about summer.    Summer started at 4:14 am Central Time today, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.  But most people have a different definition of summer a …

The Trippy Lyrics Of Strawberry Letter 23

by Kevin Burton     From its carousel introduction to its abstract imagery lyrics, “Strawberry Letter 23” was, different.    The song was released 45 years ago this month on Epic Records.    You remember the tune? It was one of the quieter songs performed by the Brothers Johnson.    Wikipedia says the 7-inch single was …

“Lido Shuffle” Singer Boz Scaggs Turns 78

by Kevin Burton    My friend Todd once called “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits a “perfect” song.    I don’t know what calculations you use to measure a perfect song, but leaving that all undefined, I will play along and nominate “Lido Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs as perfect.    The song is way up …

What Ever Happened To The Tambourine?

by Kevin Burton    Hey man, do you dig the tambourine?     They sure did back in the 60s.  It was everywhere!  Is there any surer stamp marking the time a record was produced, than the prominent use of tambourine?     Just for fun I grabbed one of my 60s compilation CDs, “Feelin’ Groovy” put …

The Infectious Rhythm Of A Disco Classic

by Kevin Burton    For those rock and rollers who hate disco, one song makes me wonder.    I have always wondered what that group thinks of “Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson.    Robinson was born on this date in 1954.  She was only 45 when she died of cancer in 2000.  …

With God Every Day Is A Chance To Serve

by Kevin Burton    Got my rap name from the Bible. Gather round and hear the story.    When I first got saved, I started my Christian studies in the book of Ecclesiastes. Not sure how that happened.    Nobody steers new Christians in that direction. But for some reason I sought out Ecclesiastes in …

Singer Gladys Knight Turns 78

by Kevin Burton    Happy 78th birthday to gospel singer Gladys Knight, and all aboard that midnight train!    I think we’ve all taken that midnight train. It’s the one you ride when you are forced to leave cherished dreams behind and build a new life.    The song “Midnight Train To Georgia” hit number …

Rapping To The Ladies, Wishful Thinking

by Kevin Burton    I love the Doobie Brothers, but I have a complaint.   Let’s engage in a little wishful thinking, shall we? I wish Michael McDonald would enunciate.    Wishful thinking is “the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe,” according …

Can’t Stop Dancing? Read This Cautionary Tale

by Kevin Burton    You say the YMCA dance made you sick in the 70s? The Bump?  That Saturday Night Fever pointing dance?    But did anybody ever die from it?    From reporter Rosalind Jana on the BBC, comes the story of a dance craze that was truly crazy.    In Strasbourg, France, in …