Buddy Holly’s Visual And Musical Acuity

by Kevin Burton    I have never seen a picture of Buddy Holly without his thick glasses, but I never have pondered whether he was legally blind until now.    He probably was not, by the way, though he had poor vision. More about that in a bit.    This comes up today on the …

Raised On Radio: Gaga For That Sound

by Kevin Burton    Can’t remember how we got on the topic, but a co-worker was telling me last week how radio was the life blood of his youth.    Radio was the conveyor belt on which everybody travelled in my day, as in his (he is roughly ten years older than I am, if …

Christmas Top 40: Up On The Housetop

by Kevin Burton    We don’t have Santa images at my house.  For us, Christmas is about Jesus.    But there is one Christmas song I have always loved that doesn’t fit that mode.  Hundreds of artists have recorded it. Possibly the most famous version was made by Gene Autry in 1953.     It was …

Lifelong Learning, Exercise For The Mind

by Kevin Burton    Had some fun last week speculating about new hobbies that could take the place of fantasy football, should that pastime drive me too crazy.    I was picking from a list of 50 hobbies for seniors on the website 55places.com. A few of the hobbies, such as axe throwing, were laughable …

So Tomorrow, Is It Fall Or Is It Autumn?

by Kevin Burton     I hear you asking, should I say “fall” or “autumn” beginning tomorrow as the season changes?    I hear you asking this because my hearing is good. It’s my vision that isn’t so good.    Both my vision and hearing are selective, as my wife will tell you, and as you …

Belgian Pigs Get Their Groove On

by Kevin Burton    Animal lovers, music lovers, rejoice and unite!    Scientists in Belgium are investigating a farmer’s claim that different styles of music affect the behavior of his pigs.    “Piet Paesmans first noticed the phenomenon when his son started singing a tune in the barn during a sluggish insemination session his sows …

A Scientific Study Of Groove In Music

by Kevin Burton    As a consumer of popular music for more than 50 years I thought I knew exactly what a groove was, until I tried to define it.     I have no trouble feeling the groove in “Ain’t That Peculiar,” by Marvin Gaye for example. But how to define it?     The website …

Quick Music Fans, What Is A Groove?

by Kevin Burton    One of my beep baseball coaches called me “the answer man.” This time, I struck out.   My wife asked me “What is a groove?” I am an amateur musician and somewhat of a historian. You would think that question would be right in my wheelhouse.      I gave perhaps the …

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 …

Letters From Hamburg: Assessment

by Kevin Burton    Years ago there was a series of Skin Bracer after shave commercials where somebody slaps the actor in the face and the actor responds, “Thanks, I needed that.”    Remember those?    It was a bracing wake-up call and somehow was supposed to sell the product. They had celebrities such as …