Christmas Music Makes The Season Bright

by Kevin Burton    I have a friend who hates Christmas music. I just giggle every time I think about that.    If you knew this friend, actually a former manager of mine, she is so upbeat and positive about everything.  If you woke up determined to be downcast you’d want to steer clear of …

Words From A Learned Feline Bard

by Kevin Burton    If you love Shakespeare, or cats, or both, today I’ve got you covered.    I’m not as familiar with the works of Shakespeare as I am the works of say, Three Dog Night. I say this to my own shame.    But I know cats. I love cats, sure as I’m …

New Christmas Music By Alison Trelfa

by Kevin Burton    Just broke my rule against playing Christmas music before Dec. 1.    Well it’s not a hard and fast rule and I had good reason.  On this Christmas album I had a very small singing role.     Yesterday was the digital release day for Winter Warmer, the latest project from British …

Blue-Eyed Soul Shook Up South Africa

by Kevin Burton     Growing up she was known as a tomboy, earning the nickname “Dusty” by playing soccer in the streets with boys.      She grew up to be anything but.    “During her 1960s peak she ranked among the most successful British female performers on both sides of the Atlantic,” reads her Wikipedia …

“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 …

My Smallish Musical Debut Is Coming

by Kevin Burton    Alison Trelfa’s “Winter Warmer,” to be released in the UK Nov. 30, has one element no album has ever had.    Me.     Let me be clear up front, I won’t exactly be featured on the album, and there is still editing to be done.  But I am pretty sure my …

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 …

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 …