Music Monday

There could be several reasons

Posted by on March 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm

It has not escaped my attention that Playa del Carmen resident David Guetta has spent every weekend of March in Las Vegas. Maybe because he’s trying to escape the Spring Break madness. Maybe because things are complicated at home.  

Music Monday: Modern Minimalism in March

Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Last week I introduced everybody to minimalism. Sure, there are “serious” composers doing minimalism, but I think that the dance music community has done a far better job with the genre. Notice the small selection of notes used and the repetition of slightly-changed thematic material. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t go on for a half […]

Music Monday: Better Stock the Bar

Posted by on February 24, 2014 at 7:16 am

It’s nice when a short play has a happy ending. So get that blender going, Rupert!

Music Monday: She Got a Bang out of That

Posted by on February 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

Sometimes a play in 3-5 minutes can be very silly, very tragic, or both. Of course, the real moral of this sad story is “Friends don’t let friends write song lyrics stoned.”

Music Monday: a State of Grace

Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 7:04 am

Some stories are harsher than others. Somehow, Willie Nelson brings more to this one than the actual songwriter, Paul Simon.

Music Monday: Mystery Woman

Posted by on February 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

Sometimes, a song can in 3-5 minutes talk about important issues without rubbing your face in them. Lola is more than she seems! Maybe Katie Couric could learn something from The Kinks. The Kinks also managed to take a song about dating in the 50s and add commentary on urban redevelopment and loss of local […]

Music Monday: Retro

Posted by on January 27, 2014 at 6:52 am

The idea of a song being a play in 3-5 minutes is actually pretty old. Here’s Johnny Cash singing an example from a previous age:

Music Monday: Apparently it was January 20, 1992

Posted by on January 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

Or at least that’s what one guy figured out. Original video is not currently available, so you’ll have to make do with this. This one probably isn’t safe for work, so be warned. Still, this is a nice story of one man’s really good day, presented in a convenient 3-5 minute format.

Music Monday: Billie Jean

Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Perhaps the essence of a play in 3-5 minutes is Billie Jean. Paired with an iconic video, it solidified Michael Jackson as an adult pop singer whose color did not matter. And it turns out there was just as much drama in the recording studio as in the actual song:   Oh, one more thing. […]

Music Monday: The Jimmy Webb Principle

Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm

In his book, Jimmy Webb tells us that the very best popular songs are actually complete plays in 3 to 5 minutes. We will be exploring that idea for a while on Music Monday, but let’s start with the Master himself….   In Closing: I seem to recall Jesus saying something about how the poor […]