Those who grew up in the 1970s might remember, in the relatively early days of FM radio, that some FM stations programmed a format called “beautiful music.” Others less impressed called it “elevator music.” It was essentially orchestral instrumental arrangements of popular songs of the day. Those stations more often than not were automated, meaning … Continue reading “Beautiful Chicago“ (or Chicago in an elevator)
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Adam Liptak‘s opinion masquerades as “analysis” in the New York Times: On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm. The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public unions a devastating blow. The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment … Continue reading The New York Times abandons the First Amendment
Right on time for Chicago’s appearances in Appleton Saturday, Rockford Monday and Madison Tuesday, Motor Trend interviewed Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane: While Chicago has celebrated 49 years music that has spoken to several generations, and was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lee Loughnane considers his BMW M5 the first … Continue reading What Would Chicago Drive?
Cleveland.com reports on Chicago’s upcoming (and grossly tardy) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction: Every Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee has a handful of songs (or more) you can play that kill any doubt about their candidacy. Chicago’s career has spanned more than 40 years, driven by two golden periods – one of … Continue reading Essential Chicago
Fans of brass rock should be interested in this news: Relentless after 46 years, Chicago releases catchy new anthem, “America” [OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] Iconic mega-band Chicago returns to its musical roots with a soaring grass-roots anthem about restoring the American dream Chicago, Illinois (MMD Newswire) September 24, 2013 – – Multi-platinum, Grammy ® Award winning … Continue reading From Chicago to “America”
I never thought we had a very musical family, but apparently we do. Last weekend, our oldest son performed in Ripon Middle School’s “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” a musical about musical opening numbers, ranging from “On the Town” to “The Lion King.” On Monday, Michael played trumpet and sang in the RMS band and chorus … Continue reading Strike up the band
Today in 1956, a car in which Carl Perkins was a passenger on the way to New York for appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows was involved in a crash. Perkins was in a hospital for several months, and his brother, Jay, was killed. Today in 1971, members of the Allman Brothers … Continue reading Presty the DJ for March 22
The texting shorthand term “smh” (“shakes my head”) didn’t exist in 1955 because texting didn’t exist in 1955. But surely “smh” was invented for things like this: Today in 1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey made a signing decision between Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Godfrey chose Boone.
Tonight, Ripon College opens the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament at St. John’s of Minnesota. This game is taking place 20 years after St. John’s and Ripon faced off in the D3 tournament at Ripon College — the last time RC hosted (and probably will host given changes in the tournament format) an NCAA … Continue reading A basketball game, and life
The Beatles had quite a schedule today in 1963. They drove from Liverpool to London through the night to appear on the BBC’s “Parade of the Pops,” which was on live at noon. After their two songs, they drove back north another three hours to get to their evening performance at the Swimming Baths in … Continue reading Presty the DJ for Feb. 20