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, …

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 …

Opening Another Can Of John Mayer Music

by Kevin Burton    It turns out my inelastic brain, not just a fondness for The Stylistics and Little River Band, keeps me spinning old tunes, not trying the new ones.     In a recent post I explained that my brain’s corticofugal network recognizes the music I am hearing and keeps me grooving by helping …

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 …