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“On Eagle’s Wings”: The simple origin of the song that makes the world cry

Via (America: The Jesuit Review) by Colleen Dulle

While Catholics can argue ceaselessly over a number of issues, we hold a few unshakable truths in common: Jesus is present in the Eucharist, Mary was conceived without sin and, when “On Eagle’s Wings” plays, we cry.

In the 38 years since its publication, “On Eagle’s Wings” has achieved global popularity, been translated into a variety of languages and become a Christian funeral classic (if not a staple).

But the song’s true staying power is rooted in our shared but individual experience of hearing it in moments of grief…

Read more: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/12/28/eagles-wings-simple-origin-song-makes-world-cry

That Time Bob Saget Burst onto the Stage at a Guster Show in Boston

Guster photo via Getty/Joey Foley/Contributor | Bob Saget photo via Getty/Amy Sussman/Stringer

(via Boston Magazine) by Spencer Buell

Fellow comedians, actors, and fans have been sharing kind words for Bob Saget by the dozen today after the beloved comic and TV dad’s abrupt death over the weekend, and for good reason. Saget had quite the reputation as a talented (and often dirty) stand-up, a guy willing to laugh at himself and lean into the nostalgic excitement his presence always elicited, and as an overall pretty decent dude. This was a man who loved to make people laugh, and hardly ever turned down an opportunity to do so.

Just ask Guster, the legendary Boston rock band who, according to drummer Brian Rosenworcel, had a strange and hilarious run-in with the American icon at a show in Boston one night 15 years ago, a retelling of which is being shared far and wide today…

Read more: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2022/01/10/bob-saget-guster/?fbclid=IwAR1REZqbCXsgBNZDdSdNzNEJnWOZXvt24Tcu74ylGh4ftBKU4-L3Mv-PlSQ

20 Awesome Albums That Critics Initially Hated

(via Yardbarker) By Matt Sulem

Jan. 12 marks the anniversary of the historic release of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album, also known as “Led Zeppelin I.” Now ranked among the greatest rock records ever made, “Led Zeppelin” actually wasn’t initially received well by critics. However, as you’ll soon see, many now-iconic records also didn’t get the warm welcome you might have expected from critics. And back before anyone with an internet connection could be a published music writer, major publications held a lot of power, and a couple of bad reviews could really damage a band or artist (one reason why the list tends to skew older). With that, here are 20 awesome albums that critics initially hated…

Read more: https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_awesome_albums_that_critics_initially_hated/s1__28172303#slide_1

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As much as I might agree that critics were about as off the mark as could be on albums like Abbey Road and Blood on the Tracks, I have a few further thoughts on the topic.

While you may (with sight not afforded the critic appraising new music) recognize AC/DC as a great “classic rock” band, actually it’s hard to argue with Billy Altman’s description of them as  “two guitars, bass and drums all goose-stepping together in mindless three-chord formations”.

I mean, that’s the point of AC/DC, right?

And while McCartney’s Ram sounds in retrospect like a classic and a predecessor to indie pop, perhaps we needed indie pop to come along to form that consensus.

But fresh on the heels of the full band polish and meticulous George Martin production of late-period Beatles’ releases, how could it not sound spare and undeveloped?

The bottom line is that the appreciation of music (or lack thereof) is subjective and never takes place in a vacuum. It’s all about context.

If you as a listener hadn’t (presumably) grown up in a world that generally reveres “classic” rock–and rightly so in most cases–you could likely be convinced AC/DC is annoying if your ears prefer the relative subtlety and sheen of Fleetwood Mac.

Just as you could be persuaded that Fleetwood Mac have no balls because they lack the testosterized swagger of AC/DC.

The critic has to walk out on the limb, so to speak. Has to make his judgment without benefit of hindsight, with the past as his only context. It’s an impossible job, really.

I think Blood on the Tracks would have become near and dear to me regardless of anyone else’ opinion of it. But then again, if I hadn’t come across the album at a time when I was experiencing the same kind of pain Dylan was writing about–who knows? Maybe he would have sounded annoying.

I just think it’s possible to both see how obviously these critics missed the mark (and later recanted/reappraised) and see some truth in their original words. To some degree, both things can be true at once.

The Worst “Country” Songs of 2021

(via savingcountrymusic.com)

‘Tis the season to set ’em up, and tee off on the worst “country” songs released in the last calendar year, and boy, were there some doozies in 2021. It still feels like since the height of Bro-Country in 2013/2014, country music in the mainstream continues to improve. But that doesn’t mean some stinkers still don’t slip in.

And don’t go crying “Hey, wHy Don’T you FoCUs On the gOOd STufF !?!” If you want, go check out the Single of the YearAlbum of the Year, and Song of the Year nominees if you want to know where the good stuff’s at…

Read more: https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/the-worst-country-songs-of-2021/

Quora: Who is the World’s Best Musician Who is Still Alive?

Answered by Mike Bowerbank

I’ll get a lot of hate for this, because we still have Paul McCartney (to name just one musical giant among many who are still with us), but I have to throw another name out there for consideration.

And, again, you’re really going to hate this.

I’m talking about “Weird Al’ Yankovic. And – here’s the shocking bit – I am not even remotely kidding.

When many think of Weird Al, they picture some silly dude clowning around with an accordion, but that’s nowhere near the case. Although he does a lot of song parodies, he still has to create original lyrics for it, and (and this is the huge bit) he has to be able to sing that way. He’s parodied pop, soul, country, rock, and rap, to name just a few, and he has to be able to sing it convincingly…

Read more: https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-worlds-best-musician-who-is-still-alive

Remembering The Moody Blues’ Graeme Edge in 10 Songs

The Moody Blues’ drummer Graeme Edge died on Nov. 11. His poetic contributions to rock music are eternal. Kevin Winter/Getty

(via the Dallas Observer) by Vincent Arrieta

Of all the bands in the 1960s that cracked open the colors of new musical possibilities, few are as underappreciated as The Moody Blues. The Moodies are widely beloved but taken for granted. They’ve had a crop of hit singles that still receive rotation on classic rock radio, but the band is seldom mentioned in the same breath as some of their less theatrical and more acclaimed peers.

Sure, The Beatles technically did it first, and bands such as Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra and Deep Purple took it further, but The Moody Blues will always be able to lay claim to the fact that they were the first rock ‘n’ roll band to record an entire album piece with a full orchestra.

In many ways, it was all because of Graeme Edge…

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/music/remembering-moody-blues-drummer-graeme-edge-in-10-songs-12824249

Spinal Tap–The Forgotten Sequel

(via zrockr)

If you are a rock and roll fan, there is a good bet that This is Spinal Tap is one of your all-time favorite films. The mockumentary (if you will, rockumentary) has been winning audiences over for years, and is viewed by many, including people who are not even music fans, as a brilliant satire of the music industry. It is a bona fide classic and rightfully so.

But, did you know that there is a sequel of sorts?

Read more: The Return of Spinal Tap – Looking Back at This Long Forgotten Follow-Up! – ZRockR Magazine

Quora: In the ELO Song “Don’t Bring Me Down” Why Do They Say “Groos” at the End of Each Line in the Chorus?

(via Quora) Answered by Tom Peracchio

When I first heard the song back in the 1970s I thought they were singing about some guy named Bruce. For years I sang along screaming “Don’t bring me down… Bruce.”

As ELO’s song writer Jeff Lynne explained below in an interview, it was simply a made up word, “Grooss.” Because so many people started singing it as “Bruce” he often just went with the common thought and sang it as Bruce when doing it live…

Read more: https://www.quora.com/In-the-ELO-song-Dont-bring-me-down-why-do-they-say-Groos-at-the-end-of-each-line-in-the-chorus

Quora: Why didn’t Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Rolling Stones perform at Woodstock? Were they just not asked?

(via Quora) Answered by Eric Johnson

Bob Dylan was in the middle of negotiations for the upcoming festival but backed out when his son fell ill and although he lived close to the upstate New York venue, legend has it that Dylan was so annoyed at the constant stream of hippies showing up at his door and accumulating outside of his house near the originally planned site of the festival that he turned the gig down and headed to England that August weekend of 1969. Two weeks later he did take to the stage at a music festival on the Isle of Wight in southern England.

Simon and Garfunkel were invited, but were “too busy” to accept. They were after all finishing up their Bridge Over Troubled Water album which was already over due. Garfunkel was juggling his time between the duo and his acting career.

The Woodstock organizers naturally did extended an invitation to the Stones to perform, however they were spread all over the place at the time. Their singer and band leader Mick Jagger turned the gig down on everyone’s behalf, and instead went to Australia to shoot a movie in which he played the outlaw Ned Kelly, that only a few even remembers now.

According to the book “Led Zeppelin: the Concert File” their manager said no because at Woodstock they’d have just been another band on the bill.”

In short, The Doors didn’t play Woodstock “because we were stupid and turned it down,” according to the band’s guitarist Robby Krieger. They thought it would be a second class repeat of Monterey Pop Festival of 1967.

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