A Little Good News Is Good For The Heart

by Kevin Burton    And all my floors do is squeak. Check this out:    Researchers in Switzerland are developing floors that use your footfalls to generate energy.    They have improved their “nanogenerator” with the use of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals to produce “a device that was 80 times more efficient, enough …

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 …

Characters We Love From Rock And Roll

by Kevin Burton    Which people from the words of popular music would you like to spend a little more time with?     Which characters can you think of who if they showed up in a movie or a TV series you would be eager to watch?    There are plenty of songs that are …

Sedaka’s “Bad Blood” Still A Favorite

by Kevin Burton    The night my beloved Cincinnati Reds became world champions for the first time in my lifetime, “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka was the number one song in the nation.    It was number one for three weeks, then slid off the charts as all songs do.  But it never did fall …

The Rich Musical Tapestry Of Carole King

by Kevin Burton    I think this happened twice. I know it was at least once.    We have packed up our suitcases, equipment and high hopes and the Wichita Sonics are on the road, headed to a beep baseball World Series. I’m in charge of the team, right down to the music in the …

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 …