Taylor’s “Shower The People” Says It All

by Kevin Burton    In the great human family James Taylor got the voice. The rest of us are just making do.    That’s a favorite old saying of mine. It may be difficult to stick to it, given the thousands of talented singers we’ve heard over the years. But every time I listen to …

My Cat Can’t Save Time In A Bottle

by Kevin Burton    I have a correction today. Got one of my facts wrong.    The older of the two cats we got in December is 13, not 11 as I previously reported. Page 7 regrets the error. So does Gabbie for that matter.    The confusion came because the lady at the cat …

The Rubberband Man Is Out Of Sight

by Kevin Burton    A song that producer Thom Bell wrote for his overweight son is by far my favorite Spinners tune and has always been a guilty pleasure.    Now I’m trying to get to the bottom of it.    The song is “The Rubberband Man.” Bell wrote the song to help improve his …

Steely Dan’s Link To WKRP In Cincinnati

by Kevin Burton    It was 1978 when FM radio overtook AM. But the song that marked the occasion was sort of a medium-sized hit.      We’re talking “FM” by Steely Dan.     So what’s your definition of a hit song?     Is it based on how much it sells? How high it gets on …

The Sounds They Were A-Changin’

by Kevin Burton    Musical eras, like chocolate bars or ice cubes, are fluid before they are solid, shaped by the temperature of the times.    We can’t always distinguish them day to day. Historians declare them later, according to their differing standards.   But for me there is something momentous about looking at the …