Posts Tagged ‘music’


Generational differences: When one of my sons was in college, I mentioned how I liked Bob Dylan’s songs. He said, Who? You mean Jakob Dylan’s father? I had to check, Jakob Dylan was a rock musician, but Bob Dylan has since won a Nobel Prize—how had he not heard of him? (I still haven’t heard Jakob’s music yet)

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Musician and writer

Artie Shaw (1910-2004) was a clarinetist and big band leader. I remember him because he was a favorite of my parents. In the 1950s, he quit music and became a writer (why he interests me). In the 1980s, he formed the Artie Shaw Orchestra, which is still going strong.


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When I was 5, I got to see my 1st live musical performance—Gene Autry—the Singing Cowboy (1907-1998). He was many things—singer/songwriter, rodeo star, businessman, TV/movie star, pilot. He became famous singing country/cowboy songs, but nowadays, he is most famous for his Christmas songs, “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” his most famous song.

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Midnight Ride

On this day 1775, Paul Revere was playing a gig at a local alehouse with his band, the Continentals. At midnight, the Redcoats interrupted his set. He rode through town yelling “the British are coming!” His greatest hit was the Concord Stomp. April 1.

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Incredible musician

Libba Cotton (1893-1987) learned to play guitar upside down (she was left handed) and had a very unique style. At the age of 11 she wrote her most famous song “Freight train, Freight Train.” Later, she worked as a maid for the Seeger family (Pete Seeger’s parents), they helped her become a full time musician. I got to see Libba live at age 90—she still had a beautiful voice.

Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don’t tell what train I’m on
They won’t know what route I’m going

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