Happy birthday to the 45 (1949)

(Above: The RCA Sample 45 to introduce the format.  I covet this item.) 68 years ago today, RCA Victor debuted the new 45 RPM record, without which, this blog would have no title. One of the things that I have enjoyed working into history lectures is the history of recorded music.  Time was, if you … Continue reading Happy birthday to the 45 (1949)

12+ Blogs of Christmas: We’ll Muddle Through Somehow

(Above: Bummed Out Christmas (Rhino), one of the pieces of my collection.) "What came first - the misery, or the music?" This question, asked by Rob Gordon in High Fidelity (one of my all-time favorite films), is appropriate today. The Christmas season is not all snowflakes and candy canes for everyone.  Depression escalates for some, … Continue reading 12+ Blogs of Christmas: We’ll Muddle Through Somehow

12+ Blogs of Christmas: Observe the snow.

(Above: Christmastime in Michigan.) If we really wanted to, we could break the songs heard on the radio at the holidays into themes.  There are Christmas songs and there are winter songs.  One could argue that the winter songs could stay in rotation well into February were it not for the fact that by the … Continue reading 12+ Blogs of Christmas: Observe the snow.