The Story Behind “Sultans Of Swing”

by Kevin Burton     It turns out there really was a band called Sultans Of Swing that inspired the great 1978 Dire Straits hit.    “Sultans Of Swing” is one of those tunes that stops you in your tracks. It just exudes cool.    We tell its story, evoking a musical proverb from “Take It …

Murder She Wrote: Author Under Arrest

by Faith Karini, Andi Babineau and Sara Finch, CNN    Kouri Richins’ husband was found dead at the foot of their bed last March.    She’d just closed on a house for her business, she told investigators at the time. Around 9 p.m., she brought her husband, Eric Richins, a celebratory Moscow Mule cocktail in …

My Prayer To God In His Good Morning

by Kevin Burton    What can I say about the morning that poets through the centuries haven’t already said, much better than I can?    And what could I tell you about the morning that you don’t already hold in your innermost heart?    Answer to both: nothing.    With our heads, we know that …

Words For Your Wild, Carefree, Summer

by Kevin Burton    Summer has not arrived but planning for summer has. Our friends at Merriam-Webster have provided some words that may or may not describe your 2023 getaway(s).    Frankly, I would avoid some of these, but that’s up to you: Jaunty adjective: sprightly in manner or appearance.    When jaunty first came into English use …

“If You Could Read My Mind” Is A Masterpiece

by Kevin Burton    The greatest songwriters will leave room in their songs so you can climb in, look around and make yourself at home.    Just be careful, there is going to be a mirror in there in the place you least expect. You’re going to see yourself.  You’re going to be confronted. If …

What’s Stranger Than Fiction, AND Truth?

by Kevin Burton    All the cool band names are taken. Trust me. Record label names too.    When last we gathered, I spun a fictional account based ever so loosely goosely on a true story. It was about a band called the Palindromes that made it big in Bermuda.   The true part of …

“Backward And Forward” And My Memories

by Kevin Burton     I guess there’s a reason why melody and memory aren’t far apart in the dictionary. They go together like peas and porridge.     And, for those who think there is something pejorative in the term “one-hit wonder,” well what about all those no-hit nobodies?    We’re all doing our best then, …

Racist Oklahoma Officials Caught On Tape

by Corky Siemaszko NBC News    (McCurtain County is in the Southeast corner of Oklahoma, bordering Texas and Arkansas.)      The governor of Oklahoma has called for the resignations of the sheriff and other top officials in a rural county after they were recorded talking about “beating, killing and burying” a father/son team of local …

Hey Marketers, Watch Your Language

by Kevin Burton    The good people at http://www.thoughtco.com have poked into some language-barrier marketing stories and discovered some of them are simply not true.    The first one burst my bubble.    I heard somewhere that Chevrolet had to stop selling Nova cars in Mexico because “no va” in Spanish means, “it doesn’t go.” …

Video Killed Your Imagination, Not Radio

I think I’m done writing about MTV and Clear Channel for the moment, but I have one more thought on that Buggles tune, “Video Killed The Radio Star.”     I raised the question without answering it in my Friday story: “If you could get your favorite top 40 hits, with pictures, moving pictures, wouldn’t that …