Monthly Archives: November 2015

Big Yellow Taxi: Joni Mitchell, Counting Crows and Amy Grant

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Big Yellow Taxi. This is a terrific environmental-themed folk-rock song written and performed by Joni Mitchell. We will start with Joni’s original, then discuss covers of that song by Counting … Continue reading

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I Want You Back: The Jackson 5, David Ruffin and KT Tunstall

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song I Want You Back. This is a great Motown song, and the first #1 hit for the Jackson Five. We will then discuss covers of that song by David Ruffin … Continue reading

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Bo Diddley/Willie and the Hand Jive: Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis and Eric Clapton

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the performer Bo Diddley and his self-titled song. This is a terrific ‘roots rock’ song, one of the most important tunes that marked the transition from R&B to rock music. After discussing … Continue reading

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Get Together: The Kingston Trio, and The Youngbloods

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider Get Together, a terrific folk-rock song from the 60s. We will review the first recorded version by the Kingston Trio, and a cover of that song by Jesse Colin Young and the … Continue reading

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That’ll Be The Day: Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Everly Brothers, and Linda Ronstadt

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider That’ll Be The Day. This is a great ‘roots’ rock song from the 50s. We will review the original version by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and covers of that song by … Continue reading

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