Drift Away: The Healing Power Of Music

by Kevin Burton    Let me be clear: the beat, the rock and roll beat, does not free one’s soul.  But in the secular sense it sure frees something.     And that’s the heart of the great 1973 song “Drift Away.”    Lawrence Darrow Brown was born in Simonton, Texas on this day in 1940.  …

Songs And Seasons In The Canadian Sun

by Kevin Burton    Friday was Canada Day, which got me thinking about my favorite songs by Canadian musicians.    The discussion started Saturday on Page 7 (“A Salute To Canada’s Greatest Hits,” July 2.) I have learned a few things just looking into it.     For instance, Rush, a group I never listened to …

Maroon 5 Makes My Old-School Playlist

by Kevin Burton    Suppose you somehow learn that my copy of the “Billboard Book of Number One Hits,” only goes to June of 2003, “This Is The Night” by Clay Aiken.    You say, “When’s your birthday? I’ll get you an updated copy.”    Well thanks for that thought, but I’d rather have tube …