Letters From Hamburg: In The Studio

by Kevin Burton     I had been looking forward to and working toward last Friday, my consultation day in a local music studio.    So how did it go?    A reasonable question, but one without a firm answer at this point.  I was pleased with it. It was fun. The time absolutely flew past. …

Young’s “Ohio” Is Ultimate Protest Song

by Kevin Burton    At Kent State University they say May 4 the way all Americans say Sept. 11, the date being the only reminder needed of an unspeakable tragedy    May 4 was the day in 1970 when Ohio National Guardsmen shot 13 Kent State students during a protest of the American invasion of …

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 …

Cleveland Indians Should Become “Blues”

by Kevin Burton    Cleveland’s Major League Baseball franchise is doing the right thing by dropping the name “Indians,” but what should the new name be?    The team, established in 1901, announced the move last month, following the lead of the Washington DC pro football franchise that dropped the name “Redskins.”    These moves …