Highway to Hell

November 17, 2019

“Highway to Hell,” written by Angus YoungMalcolm Young and Bon Scott, of AC/DC, interpreted by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, 2018.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain website

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God’s Got Everything You Need

November 17, 2019

“God’s Got Everything You Need,” by Slim & the Supreme Angels, 1985.

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If You Need Me

November 16, 2019

“If You Need Me,” written by Wilson Pickett, Robert Bateman, and Sonny Sanders, recorded by Solomon Burke in 1963. Solomon Burke (vocal), Ernie Royal and Irving Markowitz (trumpet), Sam Taylor and Ben Smith (tenor sax), Haywood Henry (baritone sax), Artie Butler (piano), George Barnes and Bob Bushnell (guitars), Russ Saunders (bass), Bobby Donaldson,(drums) Phil Kraus (tambourine).  Don’t know who sang the backup vocals.

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You Might Think

November 16, 2019

“You Might Think,” written by Ric Okasek and recorded by him with The Cars, 1984. The music video (directed by Robin Sloane, Jeff Stein, Alex Weil and Charlie Levi) features Mr. Ocasek and model Susan Gallagher.

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Honky Tonk Heart

November 16, 2019

“Honky Tonk Heart,” written by Johnny Neel and Lonnie Wilson, recorded by Keith Whitley, 1987. Paul Franklin, steel guitar.

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I Pity the Poor Immigrant

November 16, 2019

“I Pity the Poor Immigrant,” written and recorded by Bob Dylan, 1967. Lyrics here.

Bob Dylan website

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How to Play Baseball

November 16, 2019

“How to Play Baseball,” a 1942 Disney theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy. Directed by Jack Kinney Animated by Les Clark, Marc Davis, Hugh Fraser, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Milt Neil,
John Sibley, and Bill Tytla. Narrator: Fred Shields.

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Ooops! There Goes the Berlin Wall.

November 15, 2019

November 9, 1989: one of the biggest moments in the Cold War started with a little confusion at Günter Schabowski‘s press conference. A Vox video.

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Music Row Resurrection?

November 14, 2019

Nashville’s reputation as the recording capital of Country Music took off in 1954, when Owen and Harold Bradley established Bradley Film and Recording Studios, later called the Quonset Hut Studio, on 16th Avenue, opening the first of many major label studios in the neighborhood in and around 16th and 17th Avenues South. 21st century commercial real estate pressures moved many studios out of Music Row, but cultural preservations and country music enthusiasts are fighting back. The National Trust declared the district a National Treasure in 2015, and the city’s planning department now envisions a culturally-sensitive development process to resurrect Music Row.

More:

“How Nashville plans to save Music Row, a endangered cultural treasure,” Patrick Sisson, Curbed.com

Video: “Murder on Music Row,” written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell, recorded by Alan Jackson and George Strait, 2000. Originally recorded by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, 1999.

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A 2-minute Trump rally

November 13, 2019

Q. Trump rallies: Nuremberg or Orwell?

A. Yes.

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