Eric Church Heart & Soul
Album Reviews
Michael

Album Review – Eric Church’s Heart & Soul

You know why I like Eric Church so much these days? It isn’t just that he’s doesn’t really do that “modern radio country song” that I don’t actually like or think adds value to popular culture. That’s not all it’s

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Led Zeppelin Presence cover
Album Reviews
Michael

What’s with Led Zeppelin’s Presence?

If you’ve been down in the Led Zeppelin trenches for as long as I have, and you’ve been through the flashy studio stuff and the more garage-rock sound of their precious few live albums (you knew I love live music,

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Psychology of Music
Michael

Top 6 Tom Waits Deep Tracks

The thought of covering any kind of Tom Waits subject on Musical Record has been intimidating to me for as long as I’ve considered it. I know I can dissect any individual song out there, but Waits has remained such

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chardon polka band oh no not again
Album Reviews
Michael

The Chardon Polka Band: 2020 Albums Review

Okay, listen up. It’s time for us all to head to Eastern Europe (and Cleveland, Ohio) as I think about my Slovak and Polish roots and review two wonderful polka albums released at the end of 2020 by the Cleveland-based

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Phish
Michael

How Phish Made Me Love Live Music

I have found that many of my life’s most profound discoveries and other turning points have happened at random, at those times when I wasn’t even looking for something new. Once I catch wind of something I’ve been missing out

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Eric Church Desperate Man
Album Reviews
Michael

Eric Church’s Desperate Man Album Review

It’s almost unbelievable that I am listening to a contemporary country music artist for a blog post. I’ve known about Eric Church for a long time. I first heard of him in 2014, from a friend at the time who

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the rhythm of the saints
Paul Simon
Michael

Paul Simon and the Power of Musical Repetition

Have you ever listened to a new piece of music that you’ve heard was “perfect” or an artist’s “masterpiece” and not actually liked it right away? Or, have you ever heard a new work by one of your favorite artists,

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Musical Genres
Michael

Why Do We Like the Music We Like?

If you were preparing to meet a total stranger and wanted a quick rundown on this person–some basic information to help you determine who you were dealing with–you might examine the individual’s occupation, family history, criminal background, and so on.

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