Does it Remove All of Our Pain?

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group.

This week, we did something different. We tried an audio review; a pilot podcast episode.

Editors – The Back Room (2005)

There’s something about his voice I can’t pin down that reminds me of some more famous late ’90s/early ’00s alt. rock band. I’m not sure I nailed it exactly, but I’d say they’re kind of Tonic meets The Strokes meets Foo Fighters meets David Bowie meets The Bravery. And (I didn’t realize this until after we recorded) the late Chris Cornell. Continue reading

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Why Do We Love Sad Songs?

My sister recommended I listen to this story on PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.”

The show looks at sad songs from classical, rock, jazz, and country music.

Program 10-12-12-B: “Why Do We Love Sad Songs?” originally aired on Dec. 12, 2010.

They break up the hour-long program into three segments: Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a little psychology linking speech and music, “pop” music (which includes rock, jazz, and country), and Bach’s Cello Suites. Continue reading