Going To Music School With Alison Trelfa

By Kevin Burton    Twice in her life Alison Trelfa has worked as a music teacher. Some of her advice on a recent zoom call has me going to school.    Trelfa is a blind singer/songwriter from Middleborough, England. I wrote about her and her self-released album Decades Of Creation Saturday and Sunday on Page …

Alison Trelfa: At Home With The Music

by Kevin Burton    The inside photo is the most evocative of the two that come with “Decades of Creation” an album by Alison Trelfa.     That one shows her seated on a porch swing, holding her ukulele and smiling.  That picture lets you know you’re at home with Alison Trelfa, who is at home …

Discovering The Music Of Alison Trelfa

by Kevin Burton    Alison Trelfa can’t recall a time without music.    You could say music filled the world surrounding her as a girl, to paraphrase one of her favorite songs.     On weekends home from the Royal Victoria School for the Blind, Trelfa would usually spend the Saturday at rehearsals for her mother’s …

Little Susie Was Not That Kind Of Girl

by Kevin Burton     “Wake Up Little Susie” by the Everly brothersis the focus of our usual Tuesday music post on Page 7.      This is my answer to the musical questions: What are we gonna tell your Mama? What are we gonna tell your Pa?    In short, the truth shall set you free! …

“Be My Baby” Has Had A Huge Influence

by Kevin Burton    The story of a stunned Brian Wilson pulling over to the side of the road makes me smile every time.    Wilson is the driving force behind the Beach Boys. He was stopped in his and his car’s tracks, by the sheer brilliance of something coming from the radio that he …

Fifty Years On, Wings Has Mixed Legacy

by Kevin Burton    Fifty years ago today Paul McCartney announced the formation of Paul McCartney and Wings.     The move was a guaranteed winner and a guaranteed loser.    A winner because any piece of music with McCartney’s name on it was going to get a listen. It was going to sell at least …

Opening Another Can Of John Mayer Music

by Kevin Burton    It turns out my inelastic brain, not just a fondness for The Stylistics and Little River Band, keeps me spinning old tunes, not trying the new ones.     In a recent post I explained that my brain’s corticofugal network recognizes the music I am hearing and keeps me grooving by helping …

Characters We Love From Rock And Roll

by Kevin Burton    Which people from the words of popular music would you like to spend a little more time with?     Which characters can you think of who if they showed up in a movie or a TV series you would be eager to watch?    There are plenty of songs that are …

Why Lesley Gore Tunes Sound So Good

by Kevin Burton     Do you know the connection between “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore?    I mean, beyond the fact that they were both number one hits.     Believe it or not there is at least one. I just found out last week, and it explains some …

The Rich Musical Tapestry Of Carole King

by Kevin Burton    I think this happened twice. I know it was at least once.    We have packed up our suitcases, equipment and high hopes and the Wichita Sonics are on the road, headed to a beep baseball World Series. I’m in charge of the team, right down to the music in the …