Karen Carpenter, Born 72 Years Ago Today

by Kevin Burton    No rock and roll artist discussion can make me more happy, but at the same time more sad and more angry than that of Karen Carpenter.     None of my other favorites, from Steely Dan to Gerry Rafferty, Motown to the Beatles, to Supertramp, Billy Joel, Elton John, Flans from Mexico, …

“The Immigrant” Didn’t Fit John Lennon

by Kevin Burton    For about three minutes and fifty seconds a tidy story unfolds from the pen of lyricist Phil Cody and the voice of the great Neil Sedaka.    Attempt to read between the lines though and you have a mess on your hands, especially with Sedaka dedicating the song to ex-Beatle John …

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 …

Woman Gets Vaccinated In Bridal Finery

by Kevin Burton    What do white lace and promises look like in a global pandemic? Sarah Studley is happy to tell you.    She was one of many brides to have her wedding reception cancelled by virus protocols in 2020.  But the Baltimore woman wore her wedding dress to another special occasion last month, …

Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song!

by Kevin Burton     For every romance there’s a soundtrack, am I wrong?  Certain songs where the first notes of the introduction transport you to that special place.    Every couple has a story. Sometimes a favorite singer will sum it up with lyrics in a way they hadn’t thought of.  The music underneath it …