Here Comes The Spring, I Say It’s All Right

by Kevin Burton    Little darling, welcome to sunshine. Welcome to new beginnings.    We have breaking news on Page 7 today and it’s news you can use: In the northern hemisphere, spring begins tomorrow at 10:33 a.m. Central Time USA.    You might be in church at that time, so you can let your …

Win Some, Lose Some, Split The Rest

by Kevin Burton    Memories aren’t what they used to be, but I’m good with it.    For some reason one of the headlines on a story in Sports Illustrated has stayed with me down through the years. I used it above: “Win Some, Lose Some, Split The Rest.”    My memory said that headline …

Ronnie’s Bold Risk/Reward Gambit

by Kevin Burton    Out younger cat Ronnie has a strategy for obtaining food that will not serve her well in the Burton household.    Even though we just got our two new cats and are still getting to know them, certain things are obvious from their behavior.  Already we know these cats are no …

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 …

“Eleanor Rigby” Sprang From Genius

by Kevin Burton    Since there won’t be any more Lennon/McCartney songs, the next best thing is a Lennon/McCartney story.    That is what we got Oct. 18 in a New Yorker piece by Paul McCartney about the song “Eleanor Rigby.” It starts with this tidbit:    “My mum’s favorite cold cream was Nivea, and …

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! …

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 …

Letters From Hamburg: Sophomore Studies

by Kevin Burton    Well here it is, go day for me, a musical milestone of sorts, at least I hope.     This is the day I get into a local studio for an assessment of sixteen of my original songs. Publishing this post is one of the final things I will do before heading …

Letters From Hamburg: Road Trip Feeling

by Kevin Burton    Some of my best memories are of road trips as a child, headed to track and wrestling meets. This was at the Ohio State School for the Blind.    Those trips were a lifting of the ordinary into something special. My friends were there. We were sewing life fragments into a …

Salute To John Lennon, Beatles Leader

by Tracy Duffy    (Tracy Duffy is more than a keen observer of music, she plays guitar herself. She is a close friend and schoolmate of mine from the Ohio State School for the Blind.)    John Lennon is my number one Beatle because he is the one who put the group together from the …