Favorite Songs With Brown In The Title

by Kevin Burton    It takes red, yellow and blue to make brown.  So you have to do some work to get where we’re going this week on Flying Colors.    “The color brown symbolizes stability, reliability..wise beyond its years…exuding vigor….” says http://www.color-meanings.com.  That’s all news to me kids.  But if they say so.    …

Favorite Songs With Yellow In The Title

by Kevin Burton      If I say “yellow’ you’re going to think about the sun and all things happy, right?  Not too many menacing references from the color yellow.     The sting of a yellow jacket maybe. But we have no flying insects on Flying Colors, just great songs with yellow in the title.     …

Favorite Songs With Blues In The Title

by Kevin Burton    Perhaps you noticed that on my list of songs with blue in the title, I omitted songs using the word “blues.”    When I started the series I had all kind of rules, some I kept, some I threw out.  One I kept was that blue and the blues were two …

Songs With Green in The Title

by Kevin Burton    Our series “Flying Colors” is back, today looking at songs with green in the title. Since we’re celebrating green, how about a little peppermint?   Make mine Peppermint Rainbow.  That Maryland-based band had a number 32 hit with “Will You Be Staying After Sunday,” in May of 1969.  That’s your bonus …

These Songs Meet My Gold Standard

by Kevin Burton    Should have known better than to listen to a Van Morrison tune without lyrics in front of me.    I touched briefly on his mumbling last week in a post about my favorite song “Come On Eileen” (I’m Going To Hum This Tune Forever, Dec. 4).    Morrison has a message …

Songs With Blue In The Title

by Kevin Burton    David Dundas, you’re killing me.    Oh, pardon me, Lord David Dundas. As the younger son of a marquess he is entitled to the courtesy title “Lord,” according to Wikipedia.     Wow, I thought he was just lower-echelon rock and roll royalty as a one-hit wonder guy.    Whatever, he‘s messing …

Fictional Band, Great Music For Real

by Kevin Burton    Take a look at your record collection, then do the math.    For every act that got that major recording contract, got their tunes onto the radio and into your heart, thousands of others wanted to, to varying degrees tried to, but did not.     I alas, am in that letter …

Smokey Robinson, The Heart Of Motown

by Kevin Burton I have always said there is no substitute for Smokey. When you want that sound, it just can’t be found anywhere else. Beyond that, if you love Motown, you need to understand how crucial Smokey Robinson was to the company’s success. even to the launch of it. This is my 10th album …