PLAN AHEAD: The Mic is born April 1, 1877

1877 –

April 1
Thomas Edison devises a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.

bigDAVE's Video of the Week: LUCKY Hickman/LeRoy

This week we look back at a great LeRoy/Hickman tune from Johnny’s Palmhenge album. The video is a simple tribute to their friend, Bob Kjorverstad, who met Chris the first day of kindergarten, and founded The Dangers, the band that got Johnny and Chris together.

Bob was killed by a train five years ago but [...]


Rocking songscripting from the Cracker family

author: mungo
Chris LeRoy and Johnny Hickman were The Dangers way back before Johnny went on to play guitar in The Unforgiven and then co-form Cracker, with whom he still performs today. The Dangers didn’t release albums back then, but Dedication saw some of those [...]

Satisfaction Saturday: JULIA-The Beatles


Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you, Julia

Julia, Julia, oceanchild, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering
In the sun

Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing [...]

40 Forever: Three for Third Grade

Friday, March 26, 2010

Three for third grade

Third grade is an exciting time for readers. It’s the stage in which many children begin their foray into chapter books, or junior novels. Here are three great ones:

White, E. B., Garth Williams, and Edith Goodkind Rosenwald. Charlotte’s
Web. New York: Harper, 1952.

Even arachnophobes can’t help but [...]

Paul Adams Listening Theme:70's Glam Rock

Listening Theme 28 – 70’s Glam Rock (Revisited)

Hi all,

About this time last year (the exact date lost in the mists of time) I had my very first Listening Theme – 70’s Glam Rock. It lasted a few days and only resulted in a couple of recommendations. I thought I’d mark this 1st anniversary by revisiting [...]

PLAN AHEAD: First BEATLES album released March 22,1963

March 22
The Beatles first album is released. Although it reached the top spot in the UK, it failed to chart at all in the US.

Please Please Me

Recorded: September 11, 1962; November 26, 1962; February 11, 1963 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: February 25, 1963



Here is our friend David Mirabella with The Rationales live.
“Another Moon”
The Rationales @ Precinct

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40 Forever:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sock books

Here are 2 short and breezy chapter booksfor grades 4 and up:

Urban, Linda. A
Crooked Kind of Perfect. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007.

Zoe dreams of being the next Vladimir Horowitz and playing Carnegie Hall. She has one major setback, though–she doesn’t own a piano.

López, Diana. Confetti
Girl. New York, NY: [...]

Listen To The Band: CHRIS LEROY>DARK MAN for Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt

DARK MAN (for Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt)

Another dark manOut in the jet streamAnother great planAnother dark dreamJust ask his cell phoneAsk his advisersWhen it’s all overWho was the wiser?Another dark man

They’re coming overThey have the car keysThey have agendasThey are the enemyJust ask his hangers on Ask his baptizersWhen its all overWho was [...]