Joni Mitchell takes a long drive by herself in the desert on this heartbreaker from 1976’s Hejira. She searches for the meaning of life in the sky and confides in Amelia Earhart’s ghost before giving up and checking into a motel. It’s one of the best songs ever about how isolating the life of a creative artist can be. … [Read more...] about Music at Home: Lonely Nights
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Britney was years ahead of her time with this one. “E-Mail My Heart” has more or less the same idea as the 1975’s recent single “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know),” which, as singer Matty Healy helpfully explained in a recent interview, is about “getting naked on FaceTime.” Healy’s opening lyrics — “I see her online/All the time” — could fit in seamlessly with Britney’s song, right after she says, “I can see you in my mind/Coming on the line.” On Doja Cat’s 2020 TikTok hit “Cyber Sex,” she tempts her partner to “get freaky on camera.” The medium has changed, but the message is the same: When we are far apart, the internet brings us closer. Britney might not have known it in 1999, but she was right. Emailing your heart and getting freaky on camera is the best we can do in 2020. … [Read more...] about Did Britney Spears See the Future With ‘E-Mail My Heart’?
“These are challenging times,” Stanley said in a statement. “Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use. While it’s hard to connect physically, some of Soul Station decided to reach out make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic, ‘Ooo Baby Baby.’” … [Read more...] about Kiss’ Paul Stanley Releases Debut Video With Soul Station Live Band
(George Klineman is a freelance reporter, a former student activist whose parents were born in America. He got wind of the story through the man who was to become his father-in-law, David Conn. Conn was an elder in the Disciples of Christ, a loose confederation of churches that included the Peoples Temple. In the early Seventies, Conn heard strange rumors about Jones: guns at the Redwood Valley temple, beatings, fear in those who left the Peoples Temple. Klineman interviewed temple defectors and took the information to one of his sources in the Treasury Department, which encompasses the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Klineman had simply asked his source if he knew anything about a northern California religious organization that was arming itself.) … [Read more...] about In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Guyana After the Jonestown Massacre
With Petty’s death, three of the five Wilburys are gone (Orbison died in 1988), and the Heartbreakers have lost their voice and leader. But, Tench says, “I never want this guy to be thought of as ‘OK, we’ve put him in the file, that’s done.’ Because he resonates. There’s a reason why he was in the Wilburys with Bob, Roy and a Beatle. He was a real cat.” When Petty sang “a song by Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard or the Searchers,” Tench insists, “he wasn’t a dilettante, trying something on. He was for real.” … [Read more...] about Remembering Tom Petty, 1950-2017