September 30: Bob Dylan released Time Out Of Mind in 1997

I don’t know… It’s certainly not an album of felicity… I try to live within that line between despondency and hope. I’m suited to walk that line, right between the fire … I see [the album] right straight down the middle of the line, really. ~Bob Dylan to Robert Hilburn in 1997 “My recollection of that record is that it was a struggle. …

Who’s your favorite songwriter – Lennon or McCartney ?

This post is all about the songs… Although the songs where credited Lennon-McCartney / McCartney-Lennon, one of them usually contributed more than the other. Many books, interviews, articles & not at least the artwork itself  have helped us  get a sense of  who was the “mastermind” behind each song. Most of them where collaborations.. but usually one of them was more to …

The Best Songs: Where have all the average people gone by Roger Miller

My father used to play this great record by Roger Miller, “Roger Miller” from 1969. There was one particular song that has always stuck with me. Lately I have been listening to the lyrics  more thorough and it has become one of my favourite country songs of all time. It’s a relatively obscure record, but a great one, so start …

The Best Songs: Lord, I just can’t keep from crying sometimes by Blind Willie Johnson

The Best Songs: Lord, I just can’t keep from crying sometimes by Blind Willie Johnson Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Bach, Beethoven and Blind Willie Johnson was included on the golden record that was sent into deep space in 1977 as part of the Voyager missions. What potential alien life forms might make of Johnson humming along to his slide guitar …

The Best Songs: The Rolling Stones – Loving Cup

  Give me little drink from your loving cup. Just one drink and I’ll fall down drunk. One of many highlights from The Rolling Stones best album: Exile on Main St., and hence.. one of the greatest pieces of art produced the last 50 years. Wikipedia: Exile on Main St. is the tenth British and 12th American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. Released …