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 …

McCartney Was The Most Fab Beatle

by Kevin Burton    As discussed last week, I have declared for Paul McCartney in the great “John or Paul” Beatles debate (John Or Paul? A Fun, Silly Beatles Question, April 6).      There are those who favor one or the other who are quite hostile about it and say derogatory things about the other. …

John Or Paul? A Fun, Silly Beatles Question

by Kevin Burton    If you’ve ever talked Beatles with me or even read some of my music posts, you know I’m a McCartney guy.     So to show you Lennon people my heart is in the right place, I’m going to tell you the great things about John that stand out to me before …

Letters From Hamburg: Next Step, Studio

by Kevin Burton    Hamburg is a city in Germany about twice the size of Columbus, Ohio. Don’t know too much else about it.    Except that it was the proving ground that turned the Beatles from a pretty good club band to the best band of the rock and roll era.    Best band …

Beatles Are Template For All That Followed

by Kevin Burton    My wife once asked me why I like the Beatles so much. Amazingly, I didn’t have a ready answer for her. I still don’t have a short sound-bite answer.     This is a good thing I think. It means there are several aspects of their music and their cultural influences that …

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.     …

All Good Things And The Album Challenge

by Kevin Burton    In June a friend challenged me to name ten albums that influenced me when I was younger. He challenged others too.    All he asked was that we name the album and post the cover art.  That surface approach of course, is not my style.    I determined that the unexamined …