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Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman, 'Gentle on My Mind'Sometimes, songs become so imbedded in our minds, and our culture, that their essential nature makes us forget how unusual they may actually be. And one like "Gentle on My Mind," written by John Hartford and made iconic by Glen Campbell, is no exception. Hartford, himself, admitted that it actually…
Song of the WeekOct 13, 2017

The last thing that women need to do is say we're sorry.In the past week, in the wake of numerous "scandals" dripping out of Hollywood, this is a more relevant statement than ever. Don't get me wrong: The allegations against Harvey Weinstein are scandalous, but it's a loaded word. "Scandal" sounds dramatic, out of the norm, something…

Song of the WeekOct 6, 2017

I didn't grow up in a small town. I came of age on the streets of New York City, with Central Park as the nearest green patch, and in Boston's Back Bay. But for whatever reason, I often fantasized about being that girl I always pictured lived in the land of a country song: It seemed…

Song of the WeekSep 29, 2017

It's good to be reminded, sometimes, of the important things -- the ones we so easily forget. Between the breakfast coffee and the toothbrush before bed, a day can swing by in what seems shorter than a few breaths. It's a cliché thing that, most memorably, we once needed Ferris Bueller to cement into our…

Song of the WeekSep 22, 2017

What if art didn't need celebrity to survive? What if, somehow, it became possible just to create at will, without the pressure of the phone bill and the mortgage, or the parents to please, or a constantly ticking cultural clock? What kind of music would the world make, if we treated it like a gift…

Song of the WeekSep 15, 2017

Sometimes, when the aggravation of modern life and stresses of our daily existence are all just too much, it helps to scream. To yell. To holler out loud -- primal, guttural, true. It's a release that can make us feel in control by letting go, if only for a minute, and if the neighbors don't…