Marvin Gaye‘s 1971 album “What’s Going On” is generally regarded as one of the best soul albums ever made. (In 2003, the album was ranked number 6 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.) The title track is known the world over as a classic (The magazine ranked it the [...]

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“Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face? Do you realize we’re floating in space?” So begins the most recent song to appear in The Great Songs series. It’s a simple statement that says so much about humanity’s tiny, fragile existence and forms the beginning of multiple musical crescendos that make you want [...]


George Jones has been called the Frank Sinatra of country music. He is the ultimate country crooner and has a voice that sounds like he is in severe emotional pain. By March of 1980, he truly was. His career was in the toilet, his life was a blur of nonstop cocaine and alcohol abuse, his [...]


Now that the weather’s getting better, it’s just about time to bring out one of my favorite summer songs. It’s not like a Beach Boys fun-in-the-sun-surfin’-safari summer song or anything like that, though. It’s more of an obtuse, I’m-feeling-kinda-lonely-and-surly song. 1992′s “Summer Babe” was the first song I ever heard by Pavement and it was [...]