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. …

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 …

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 …

Beatles Are Template For All That Followed

by Kevin Burton    My wife once asked me why I like the Beatles so much. Amazingly, I didn’t have a ready answer for her. I still don’t have a short sound-bite answer.     This is a good thing I think. It means there are several aspects of their music and their cultural influences that …

What Makes For A Great Love Song?

by Kevin Burton    For better and for worse, love songs are everywhere and they are here to stay.  So what makes for a good one? What makes for a clunker?    It’s Valentine’s week and love is in the air. Music is always in the air.  Those two are bound to interact every now …

Arends Sings Of A Real God, Real Life

by Kevin Burton    Anything Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” evokes, high hopes, lost youth, regrets, the poetry of the everyday, Carolyn Arends matches with her song “Seize The Day.”    And, with “Seize The Day,” instead of forgetting about life for a while, you come away with encouragement to make things better.    The fact …