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Stratocaster

January 5, 2015

Stratocaster

“The Fender Stratocaster turned 60 last year. When it came out of the factory in 1954, it didn’t sound — or look — like any other guitar. Leo Fender’s small company was looking to improve the Telecaster, its groundbreaking solid-body electric, first introduced three years earlier. But far more than a tweak here or there, Fender created an entirely new instrument that’s become almost synonymous with the phrase ‘electric guitar.'”

“Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives,” Robert Goldstein, NPR News

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Image (“Stratocastrian Man, after Leonardo da Vinci and Leonardo Fender”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,NotionsCapital.com

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Hatsune Miku

January 4, 2015

Japan’s virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), performing “The World Is Mine” for 3,000 fans at at Zepp Tokyo concert hall in Odaiba. Often called a “hologram,” Hatsune Miku is more properly a 2-D back-projected animation whose synthesized voice was sampled from voice actress Saki Fujita (藤田咲). Hatsune Miku means “First Sound from the Future.”

In October, Hatsune Miku played two concerts in New York and she and her human band appeared live on The David Letterman Show:

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 31, 2014

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”was written in 1947 by Frank Loesser, and became a hit R&B record for The Orioles two years later.

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New Years Resolution

December 31, 2014

“New Years Resolution,” written by Stax Records staffers Randle Catron, Willie Dean “Deanie” Parker Catron, and Mary Frierson, recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967.

Related:

Stax Museum website

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Christmas Tree’s On Fire

December 31, 2014

“Christmas Tree’s On Fire,” a cautionary seasonal song by singer/songwriter Holly Golightly.

More:

Artist Biography by Tim Sendra, AllMusic

Holly Golightly website.

Related:

“Nearly 40 percent of Christmas tree home fires occur in January;” NFPA Safety Blog

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Another Year On The Rocks

December 31, 2014

“Another Year On The Rocks,” by Down by Fire.

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Christmas to New Years

December 31, 2014

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn. As the photo shown above indicates, the lineup of the group changed after 1951.

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Good Luck It’s Christmas

December 31, 2014

“Good Luck It’s Christmas,” by UK Indie band Tellison. Video: Carl Peck.

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The Season’s Upon Us

December 30, 2014

“The Season’s Upon Us,” by the Boston area’s Dropkick Murphys.

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Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas

December 30, 2014


“Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas,” written by John Tichy, recorded by him with his group Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen. The pedal steel player is probably Bobby Black.

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