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I want to preface this by saying, right upfront: unlike my meeting with Paul McCartney, the following account 100% actually happened. #IWillNeverTellALie Last night I, along with JP and our wives, had the absolute pleasure of attending the one-nigh…

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It's not braggadocious of me to say that I'm a very good musician. I'm humble, but I'm not an idiot. If you have listened to the show, you know that one of my specialties is music theory--that is the breakdown of the musical inner workings of a son…

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Doo-wop era Billy Joel doesn't get catchier than "Uptown Girl." It's a world-class pop record among world-class pop records—an eminently singable underdog love story. What could be more lovable? Today we're gonna break down some of the musi…

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There's been a song stuck in my head for weeks now. It's on a loop, and every day that I think I might have forgotten about it, it comes roaring back.  It's the debut single by a new supergroup, Generation Radio: "Why Are You Calling Me Now?" …

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Last night I found myself in NYC, at an off-broadway performance of Love Never Dies, the less-famous sequel to my favorite musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera. I'd seen it before in Atlanta, and though my reception to the original album w…

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Rob is the blog creating/gauntlet issuing/list oracle...But at the suggestion that I take the lead on one, LET'S DO THIS.    Ground Rules- Pretty Much Stated in Subject Line...Thanks Emily Drake for issuing this challenge and thanks for …

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May 3, 2022

Deceptive Song Intros

You ever hear a song that starts with maybe one instrument playing, and then when you hear the full band or groove kick in you realize the beat is in an entirely different zip code than you thought? That's what we're calling, for our purposes, a&nb…

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JP Responds to Rob's previous post on the topic of a dream lineup for a Van Halen tribute tour... I’m going to throw out a Fresh Six just to get some more names on this list. I love the Satch (for the Chickenfoot/Hagar Chemistry. Not to menti…

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News is breaking this week about a rumored Van Halen Tribute tour, organized by Alex Van Halen and possibly David Lee Roth, the purpose of which would be to honor the music and legacy of the late, great Eddie Van Halen. The story first broke April …

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April 11, 2022

In Defense of John Mayer

This blog is a response to Rob's assertion that John Mayer falls just below "icon" status. You can read the original post here. Y’all know I think Rob’s a “genius” (I even invented a game to stump him which y’all get t…

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