A look back the Byrds’ legendary Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50 years later

By John Ruberry Next week the fiftieth anniversary arrives of the release of the groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album by the Byrds.. At the time, however, the collection was a commercial flop and it received mixed reviews. Byrds leader and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn envisioned the band's sixth album as an overview of the … Continue reading A look back the Byrds’ legendary Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50 years later

(Review) XTC: This Is Pop

By John Ruberry Synesthesia: "A sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color," so says Dictionary.com. If there is a void in your musical life and you are a fan of the Kinks and the … Continue reading (Review) XTC: This Is Pop

Media insanity over Trump win continues

By John Ruberry The leftist group MoveOn got its start as Bill Clinton was being impeached. Their initial message was along the lines of, Bubba has done a great job running the country, his affair with Monica Lewinsky was inappropriate, and now it's time for Americans to, well, move on. Now if only the cheerleaders … Continue reading Media insanity over Trump win continues

Review: Once in a Great City–A Detroit Story

By John Ruberry Two months after I returned from my urban exploration trip to Detroit David Maraniss' Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story was published. For me the timing couldn't have been better, As I drove west to my home in the Chicago area I mused, "What in the hell went wrong with Detroit?" … Continue reading Review: Once in a Great City–A Detroit Story

Salt n Pepa & and an Ironic Commentary on aging

The Rap group Salt N Pepa have been around for a long time.  They broke into the rap scene in the 80's and continue to perform 30 years later. Their song "Push it" was released in 1986 and hit #1 on the charts in the US , as you can see here, the  lyrics are, … Continue reading Salt n Pepa & and an Ironic Commentary on aging